By Jerome Neu
"Sticks and stones may well holiday my bones yet phrases won't ever harm me." This schoolyard rhyme tasks an invulnerability to verbal insults that sounds stable yet earrings fake. certainly, the necessity for one of these verse belies its personal claims. for many folks, feeling insulted is a distressing-and distressingly common-experience.
In Sticks and Stones, thinker Jerome Neu probes the character, goal, and results of insults, exploring how and why they humiliate, embarrass, infuriate, and wound us so deeply. what sort of damage is an insult? Is it decided by means of the insulter or the insulted? What does it exhibit concerning the personality of either events in addition to the nature of society and its conventions? What function does insult play in social and felony existence? whilst is telling the reality an insult? Neu attracts upon a wealth of examples and anecdotes-as good as various perspectives from Aristotle and Oliver Wendell Holmes to Oscar Wilde, John Wayne, Katherine Hepburn, and plenty of others-to offer brilliant solutions to those questions. He indicates that what we discover insulting can show a lot approximately our rules of personality, honor, gender, the character of speech acts, and social and criminal conventions. He considers how insults, either intentional and accidental, make themselves felt-in play, Freudian slips, insult humor, rituals, blasphemy, libel, slander, and hate speech. And he investigates the insult's notable energy, why it may so speedy destabilize our experience of self and threaten our ethical identification, the very heart of our self-respect and self-esteem.
enjoyable, funny, and deeply insightful, Sticks and Stones unpacks the interesting dynamics of a phenomenon extra usually painfully skilled than basically understood.
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Extra resources for Sticks and Stones: The Philosophy of Insults
Does it matter whether I am in fact the worst stickball player? Does it matter whether the choosers have other motives? Say I am an excellent stickball player, but they don’t like me? Or suppose I am a middling stickball player, but they mean to insult me? If I am a poor player and the choosers are motivated only by priorities internal to the point of the game, I still may be hurt. Is it because they did not allow personal attachment and concern to override those priorities? ) Is it because their choice forces me to recognize my inadequacies?
Its basic currency and measurement is the “shame” of women, by which Mediterraneanists mean female sexual chastity.
ON FEELING INSULTED 19 ness, with forethought, even with malice—in the ordinary sense of ill will as motive) and unintentionally (by inadvertence, by negligence, by insensitivity, by presumption). Both can be felt as painful. Usually intentional harms are thought to be worse than negligent ones for a variety of reasons: because they involve an additional or more severe injury, or reﬂect a worse character, or perhaps because they are less likely to be preventable by a simple raising of awareness.