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La caze on envy and resentment

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posted on 2002-05-01, 00:00 authored by Stan Van HooftStan Van Hooft
Marguerite La Caze has recently published a stimulating analysis of the emotions of envy and resentment in which she argues that to envy others for a benefit they have received or to resent them for such a reason can be ethically acceptable in cases where that benefit has been unjustly obtained (La Caze, 2001). I question this on the ground that the judgement that the benefit has been unjustly obtained plays a more complex role in the structure of envy and resentment than La Caze allows and should alter the nature of the feeling that is evoked. From the perspective of virtue ethics there is nothing creditable about still feeling envy or resentment in such circumstances.

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Journal

Philosophical explorations: an international journal for the philosophy of mind and action

Volume

5

Issue

2

Pagination

141 - 147

Publisher

Van Gorcum

Location

Assen, Netherlands

ISSN

1386-9795

eISSN

1741-5918

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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