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meticulously dissects the notion of disgust with the rigor of a legal brief, trying to determine its boundaries and powers. Edward Rothstein New York Times).

meticulously dissects the notion of disgust with the rigor of a legal brief, trying to determine its boundaries and powers. Having ably dissected humiliation in his 1993 book of that title, Miller now sets his keen insights on something even more fundamental to the human condition: disgust.

Love depends on overcoming it, while the pleasure of sex comes in large measure from the titillating violation of disgust prohibitions.

The title of William Ian Miller's book is a play on Robert Burton's 17th-century classic The Anatomy of Melancholy, an. .Miller has unflinchingly analysed the disgusting and found a complex universe of overlapping emotions and instincts.

The title of William Ian Miller's book is a play on Robert Burton's 17th-century classic The Anatomy of Melancholy, an examination of human emotion. Almost every sentence is worth reading out at dinner parties. The index alone is worth the price. makes subject come to life- regardless. com User, April 10, 1998 Paul Rozin,PhD. in Psychology Today, Jan/Feb '9.almost too much to stomach.

Includes bibliographical references (p. -313) and index. Darwin's disgust - Disgust and its neighbors - Thick, greasy life - The senses - Orifices and bodily wastes - Fair is foul, and foul is fair - Warriors, saints, and delicacy - The moral life of disgust - Mutual contempt and democracy - Orwell's sense of smell. William Miller details our anxious relation to basic life processes; eating, excreting, fornicating, decaying, and dying

The Anatomy of Disgust book.

The Anatomy of Disgust book. Disgust and contempt, Miller argues, play crucial political roles in creating William Miller details our anxious relation to basic life processes; eating, excreting, fornicating, decaying, and dying.

Автор: Miller, William Ian Название: Anatomy of disgust Издательство: Harvard University Press . The author analyzes the world of disgust and makes these points, arguing that disgust and contempt play roles in creating and maintaining social hierarchy.

The author analyzes the world of disgust and makes these points, arguing that disgust and contempt play roles in creating and maintaining social hierarchy.

Author: William Ian Miller ISBN 10: 0674031555. Will be clean, not soiled or stained. Books will be free of page markings.

The Anatomy of Disgust. by William Ian Miller. Publisher: Harvard University Press.

William Miller embarks on an alluring journey into the world of disgust, showing how it brings order and meaning to our lives even as it horrifies and revolts us. Our notion of the self, intimately dependent as it is on our response to the excretions and secretions of our bodies, depends on it. Cultural identities have frequent recourse to its boundary-policing powers. Love depends on overcoming it, while the pleasure of sex comes in large measure from the titillating violation of disgust prohibitions. Imagine aesthetics without disgust for tastelessness and vulgarity; imagine morality without disgust for evil, hypocrisy, stupidity, and cruelty.

Miller details our anxious relation to basic life processes: eating, excreting, fornicating, decaying, and dying. But disgust pushes beyond the flesh to vivify the larger social order with the idiom it commandeers from the sights, smells, tastes, feels, and sounds of fleshly physicality. Disgust and contempt, Miller argues, play crucial political roles in creating and maintaining social hierarchy. Democracy depends less on respect for persons than on an equal distribution of contempt. Disgust, however, signals dangerous division. The high's belief that the low actually smell bad, or are sources of pollution, seriously threatens democracy.

Miller argues that disgust is deeply grounded in our ambivalence to life: it distresses us that the fair is so fragile, so easily reduced to foulness, and that the foul may seem more than passing fair in certain slants of light. When we are disgusted, we are attempting to set bounds, to keep chaos at bay. Of course we fail. But, as Miller points out, our failure is hardly an occasion for despair, for disgust also helps to animate the world, and to make it a dangerous, magical, and exciting place.


Comments: (7)

Hasirri
Law professor William Miller gives us an absorbing, fascinating treatment of the neglected topic of disgust. Though a law professor, Miller is extraordinarily widely read, and draws on an extensive knowledge of literature, psychology, history, biology, and philosophy (he even has a footnote referring to an extremely disgusting scene in the obscure cult movie Pink Flamingoes). The treatment of disgust is creative, original, sophisticated, and intellectually engaging (Miller also deftly avoids the shock value that would be all too tempting in an analysis of disgust, yet without becoming prudish). The author rightly resists the reductionist treatment of disgust that is all too common in the social and natural sciences, whether it be the Freudian dogma or the latest fad of "evolutionary psychology," yet also steers clear of trendy relativism. This is a genuinely philosophical treatment in the best sense, drawing on all areas of human wisdom and experience. One might quibble with some of his interpretations; he is a bit thin on the moral philosophy section, doesn't do enough with the carnival/rabelais/Bakhtin topic, and presents in my view a caricature of honor cultures (strangely, since that's his primary expertise). But these flaws do not take away from the overall excellence of the work. It is extremely well-written and intelligently presented, though the argument is difficult to summarize. Miller demonstrates the complexity of the disgust reaction; it cannot be reduced to mere biological instinct, but is deeply connected with religion, morality, and politics. This is a challenging work, but well worth the effort; indeed it reminds us just why there is nothing like a good book to stimulate the mind.
Ubrise
I strongly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in sociology, social psychology, social control, and human behavior in general.

My only regret after buying this book is that I didn't buy the Kindle edition. Now I will buy the Kindle edition and add my notes to it.

Miller hits upon human emotions and their variations while bringing the emotion of "discus" to his central investigation of learned revulsion. His intellectual leanings and academic training give us more than we bargained.

I intend to use resources learn from this book on a web site known as "climatedeception.net" to posit one major idea among others. Humanity must instill a sense of discuss in children as it does a sense of disgust for their own fecal and urine matter. This sense of discussed must apply to those who would soil, those who would pollute the commons and wild habitat for profit or any other reason. Anything less and we must expect more Eearth altering behavior by corporate executives, government bureaucrats, and others yet to be identified.
Mbon
The unique genius of Professor Miller's work lies not in his ability to give new information to the reader. Indeed, most of his observations are instantly recognized by any perceptive reader as being things he or she already knew about the world. The genius of The Anatomy of Disgust, as with his other works, is his ability to recognize fundamental truths that most people never think about at all, or would prefer not to, and to organize these truths into a coherent system by which human behavior can be analyze and understood.
I strongly recommend this book!
Bragis
fabulous introduction to theory of disgust. easy and enjoyable enough to read for fun - but useful for purposes of thinking more about disgust. also great for thinking about why we feel disgust about different things. recommended it to many people and they have always loved it
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One more "I loved it!" review? Yes, and here's goes. Mr. Miller does a marvelous job, writing in laid back but eminently readable prose that is also judiciously scholarly, describing, explaining, or just tossing up speculations about a culturally modified body of reaction that provokes the "Ee~oo,gross!". The subject has been handled before, obviously, judging by all the references he makes to the various studies, some recondite, some classic, including Mary Douglas' and Freud's. The book reads like an intimate seminar, with the author citing immediate examples from his own life, and casually but appropriately pointing out things done by his own children. Miller makes it clear from the get go that his study is necessarily restricted to the study of the phenomenon as shaped and defined by the culture and class to which he belongs: WASP with a roundedly informed grasp of his own tradition and values. In that sense, the book makes no claim to be universal, a disclaimer that stands out as an act of virtue in contrast to much of disgustingly pompous academic sweepers out there. Nonetheless, the author does manage to bowl pretty well, getting a strike here and there in terms of observation concerning the qualities that, for all practical purposes, are universally recognized to be those of the disgusting. I use the term 'universal' as it applies today, what with globalization and all. Yes, coprophagy (eating of feces) is indulged in by some for thrills, but I doubt anyone practices drooling saliva into a cup and then drinking it back up. The author suggests that it may not be too much to credit the invisible structure of human social evolution to the distancing of two points, YUCK and YUM. The culturo-environmental determination of the length between those two points may very well contain much of what it takes to delimit a culture's potential for art, science, and language as well. The book contains what everyone already knows (too well!) but never bothered to articulate for him/herself. There is much here to delight the inner pre-pubescent in us all, but it is a serious book, nevertheless. After all, in the grown-up world, it is not the gooey, slimy stuff so much as the ethical defect in the form of gooey, slimy character and corresponding actions that make us think,"EE~oo! Gross!" A nice companion to Sloterdijk's The Critique of Cynical Reason.
The Anatomy of Disgust download epub
Mental Health
Author: William Ian Miller
ISBN: 0674031555
Category: Health, Fitness & Dieting
Subcategory: Mental Health
Language: English
Publisher: Harvard University Press; Revised edition (October 1, 1998)
Pages: 336 pages