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The Resource A slap in the face : why insults hurt -- and why they shouldn't, William B. Irvine

A slap in the face : why insults hurt -- and why they shouldn't, William B. Irvine

Label
A slap in the face : why insults hurt -- and why they shouldn't
Title
A slap in the face
Title remainder
why insults hurt -- and why they shouldn't
Statement of responsibility
William B. Irvine
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
William Irvine undertakes a wide-ranging investigation of insults, their history, the role they play in social relationships, and the science behind them, examining 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, such as when someone insults us by reporting the insulting things others have said about us: "I never read bad reviews about myself," wrote entertainer Oscar Levant, "because my best friends invariably tell me about them." Irvine also considers the role insults play in our society: they can be used to cement relations, as when a woman playfully teases her husband, or to enforce a social hierarchy, as when a boss publicly berates an employee. He goes on to investigate the many ways society has tried to deal with insults-by adopting codes of politeness, for example, and outlawing hate speech-but concludes that the best way to deal with insults is to immunize ourselves against them: We need to transform ourselves in the manner recommended by Stoic philosophers. We should, more precisely, become insult pacifists, trying hard not to insult others and laughing off their attempts to insult us
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1952-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Irvine, William Braxton
Dewey number
155.2/32
Index
index present
LC call number
BF698.35.R47
LC item number
I78 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Invective
  • Resilience (Personality trait)
Label
A slap in the face : why insults hurt -- and why they shouldn't, William B. Irvine
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [233]-246) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Words like daggers -- Subtle digs -- Bludgeoned with praise -- Benign insults -- World of hurt -- Who gets hurt? -- Why we insult -- Personal responses to insults -- Societal responses to insults -- Insults: the inner game -- Insights
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
vi, 253 pages
Isbn
9780199934454
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2012021464
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40022059871
System control number
  • ocn837557121
  • (OCoLC)837557121
Label
A slap in the face : why insults hurt -- and why they shouldn't, William B. Irvine
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [233]-246) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Words like daggers -- Subtle digs -- Bludgeoned with praise -- Benign insults -- World of hurt -- Who gets hurt? -- Why we insult -- Personal responses to insults -- Societal responses to insults -- Insults: the inner game -- Insights
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
vi, 253 pages
Isbn
9780199934454
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2012021464
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40022059871
System control number
  • ocn837557121
  • (OCoLC)837557121

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