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The Moral Psychology of Anger is the first comprehensive study of the moral psychology of anger from a philosophical perspective. In light of the recent revival of interest in emotions in philosophy and the current social and political interest in anger, this collection provides an inclusive view of anger from a variety of philosophical perspectives. The authors explore the nature of anger, explain its resilience in our emotional lives and normative frameworks, and examine what inhibits and encourages thoughts, feelings, and expressions of anger. The volume also examines rage, anger's cousin, and examines in what ways rage is a moral emotion, what black rage is and how it is policed in our society; how berserker rage is limited and problematic for the contemporary military; and how defenders of anger respond to classical and contemporary arguments that expressing anger is always destructive and immoral. This volume provides arguments for and against the value of anger in our ethical lives and in politics through a combination of empirical psychological and philosophical methods. This authors approach these questions and aims from a historical, phenomenological, empirical, feminist, political, and critical-theoretic perspective.
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1. Introducing Anger, Myisha Cherry and Owen Flanagan / 2. The Common Source of Two Kinds of Anger Skepticism (and What to Do About It), Zac Cogley / 3. The Reason to Be Angry Forever?, Agnes Callard / 4. Anger and Oppression: A Tantric Buddhist Perspective, Emily McRae / 5. Transcending 'Transcending' Anger, David Shoemaker / 6. Valuing Anger, Antti Kauppinen / 7. Berserker Rage and the Contemporary Military, John Protevi / 8. Black Rage and the Moral Anger Police, Myisha Cherry / 9. Anger and Approbation, Lee A. McBride III / 10. Power and Anger in Social Hierarchies, Bryce Huebnur / 11. Free Will and Anger: An Argument Against Abolitionist Analogues, Justin Caouette / 12. Anger as a Political Emotion: A Phenomenological Perspective, Celine Leboeuf / Index

About the Author

Myisha Cherry is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy at the University of Illinois, Chicago. In 2018, she will join the department of philosophy at the University of California, Riverside as an Assistant Professor. Her TEDX talk, "Anger is Not a Bad Word" has received thousands of views. Owen Flanagan is James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy at Duke University. He is the author of Varieties of Moral Personality: Ethics and Psychological Realism (1991), Consciousness Reconsidered (1992) and The Geography of Morals: Varieties of Moral Possibility (2016).


This is a rich and timely volume, offering several new contributions to the longstanding debate about the morality of anger: whether it is, as Seneca claimed, 'the most hideous and frenzied of all the emotions' or, as Audre Lorde said, 'a powerful source of energy serving progress and change'.--Amia Srinivasan, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at UCL and Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford Anger is an emotion that has historically been the subject of sharply conflicting philosophical assessments, from condemnation as prohibited to prescription as morally demanded of us. This valuable anthology of new work provides a stimulating range of perspectives both Western (analytic, phenomenological) and Eastern (Buddhist) on this important issue and the implications for a healthy moral psychology.--Charles Mills, Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York This is the most encompassing and edifying philosophical exploration of anger available today. Topics range from ancient thought to social media, from Buddhist sutras to modern battlefields, from phenomenology to cognitive neuroscience, from personal relationships to liberation politics, and from cautionary critiques to empowering endorsements. Each contribution provides both helpful background and illuminating perspective on our most volatile and potent passion.--Jesse Prinz, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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