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A Slap in the Face: Why Insults Hurt—And Why They Shouldn't

 
 
Author
William B. Irvine.
Publisher Oxford  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 7.25 x 5.25 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9780199934454
Pages/Publication Date 253/2013
Daedalus Item Code 50871
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Insults may be part of the fabric of daily life, but why do we insult each other? Why do insults cause us such pain? Can we do anything to counteract them, or to overcome our inclination to insult others? In this rousing follow-up to A Guide to the Good Life, philosopher William Irvine undertakes a wide-ranging investigation of insults, their history, the role they play in social relationships, and the science behind them. He examines not just memorable zingers—such as Elizabeth Bowen's description of Aldous Huxley as "The stupid person's idea of a clever person"—but subtle insults as well, and looks to the Stoics to help us understand the dynamics of the insult.

"We may not like to admit it, but the impulse to wound with words has long been a part of human history, Irvine contends in this mélange of philosophy, psychology, and cultural study. Insults may range from barbs meant as flirtatious bait to the famously eloquent gibes of Shakespeare, but Irvine pragmatically argues that regardless of intention or context, we must understand insults in order to deal with them."—Publishers Weekly

 
 
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