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The Anatomy of Digust

Miller, William Ian

Published by Harvard University Press, 1997
ISBN 10: 0674031547 / ISBN 13: 9780674031548
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Title: The Anatomy of Digust

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.


Cambridge. 1997. Harvard University Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 320 pages. hardcover. 0674031547. keywords: Digust Psychology Histort. inventory # 40873. FROM THE PUBLISHER - The title of William Ian Miller's book is a play on Robert Burton's 17th-ce ntury classic The Anatomy of Melancholy, an examination of human emotion. I n his modern Anatomy, Miller narrows the focus to the function of disgust i n human life. Disgust, Miller posits, is a kind of protection; just as fear causes us to flee danger or loyalty prompts us to support one another, dis gust draws boundaries and insulates the individual from outside incursions- - anything from the unhygienic hair in our soup to the frightening explosion of homelessness in our cities. Among his theories is one that democracy de pends on the even distribution of disgust across class lines. Mr. Miller is not afraid to explore the darker side of disgust as well--the fact that we may feel it in conjunction with contempt toward people, objects, or concepts that do not warrant it. Nevertheless, disgust serves an important role in humanity's complex emotional and social makeup, and The Anatomy of Disgust is novel in its approach to uncovering just what that role might be. Bookseller Inventory # 40873

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