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James E. Fleming

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814760147

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814760147.001.0001

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The Nature and Ethics Of Vengeful Anger

The Nature and Ethics Of Vengeful Anger

(p.77) 4 The Nature and Ethics Of Vengeful Anger
Passions and Emotions

Charles L. Griswold

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the nature and ethics of vengeful anger, focusing in particular on individual vengefulness. Individual vengefulness has three characteristics: first, it is what one might call private vengeance, in which revenge is to be taken by oneself; second, it involves the desire for personal revenge in response to wrongs done to oneself rather than to someone else; and third, it is directed at a person or persons. The justifiability of taking revenge does not follow simply from the justifiability of vengeful anger. The virtuous person will feel vengeful anger as appropriate but will take revenge only after careful deliberation and in view of certain considerations and conditions. These considerations indicate that the alleged wrong must really be such, that the target of revenge must in fact be the offender, that the revenge must be proportional to the offense, that the offender must deserve punishment, and that the revenge must not be the instrument of sadism or cruelty.

Keywords:   vengeful anger, individual vengefulness, private vengeance, revenge

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