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On Disgust

On Disgust

November 2003
Trade Paperback · 130 Pages
$18.95 U.S. · $24.50 CAN · £10.99 U.K. · €13.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780812695663
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In On Disgust, pioneering philosopher Aurel Kolnai (1905–1973) draws on Husserl's phenomenological method to examine the experience of disgust. He distinguishes disgust from other emotions of aversion such as fear and contempt and shows how it relates to the five senses. Kolnai argues that disgust is never related to inorganic or nonbiological matter, and that its arousal by moral objects has an underlying similarity with its arousal by organic material: a particular combination of life and death. This book also includes an article published shortly before the author's death titled "The Standard Modes of Aversion: Fear, Disgust, and Hatred."

About the Authors

Aurel Kolnai, Edited and with an Introduction by Carolyn Korsmeyer and Barry Smith
Contributor residences (city, state or country if outside the US or Canada):
Aurel Kolnai, born in Budapest 1900 (Aurel Stein, changed name to Kolnai in 1918). Converted to Catholicism in 1926. Lived in Vienna and then in Paris. Married and moved to the U.S. in 1940, then to Canada. Taught at the Universite de Laval in Quebec City. 1950 moved to London and taught at Bedford College in the UNiversity of London. Died 1973.

Carolyn Korsmeyer is Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Buffalo. Also a contributor to The Matrix and Philosophy.

Barry Smith is Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Buffalo. Contributor for the successful The Matrix and Philosophy.