A Slap in the Face: Why Insults Hurt - And Why They Shouldn't by William B. IrvineA Slap in the Face: Why Insults Hurt - And Why They Shouldn't by William B. Irvine

A Slap in the Face: Why Insults Hurt - And Why They Shouldn't

byWilliam B. Irvine

Hardcover | February 5, 2013

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Insults are part of the fabric of daily life. Other people inflict them on us, sometimes blatantly but more often subtly. On some occasions, we are delighted to be on the receiving end of these insults: when the members of a group we have joined start playfully teasing us, for example, it canbe a sign of acceptance into the group. On other occasions, though, an insult can cause us pain so intense that even years later, we will find ourselves experiencing insult flashbacks.We are also the source of insults. Some of them are consciously inflicted, but many more are sufficiently subtle that we will not recognize them for what they are unless we replay conversations in our head and try to fathom our motives for having said the things we said. Do this, and we might beastonished by our tendency, in casual conversation, to put people into what we regard as their proper place - namely, somewhere below us on the social hierarchy.In A Slap in the Face, William B. Irvine undertakes a wide-ranging investigation of insults, their history, the role they play in social relationships, and the science behind them. He offers advice, based primarily on the writings of the Stoic philosophers, on how best to curb our own insultingtendencies and how best to respond to the insults that are directed our way.
William B. Irvine is Professor of Philosophy at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He describes himself as a twenty-first century Stoic and is author of A Guide to the Good Life: the Ancient Art of Stoic Joy and On Desire .
Title:A Slap in the Face: Why Insults Hurt - And Why They Shouldn'tFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.98 inPublished:February 5, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199934452

ISBN - 13:9780199934454

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionPART ONE: THE INSULT ARSENAL2. Words like Daggers3. Subtle Digs4. Bludgeoned with Praise5. Benign InsultsPART TWO: INSULT PSYCHOLOGY6. A World of Hurt7. Who Gets Hurt?8. Why We InsultPART THREE: DEALING WITH INSULTS9. Personal Responses to Insults10. Societal Responses11. Insults - The Inner Game12. InsightsNotesWorks Cited