When Bad Things Happen to Other People
By (author) John Portmann
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When Bad Things Happen to Other People by John Portmann
Book DescriptionAlthough many of us deny it, it is not uncommon to feel pleasure over the suffering of others, particularly when we feel that suffering has been deserved. The German word for this concept-Schadenfreude-has become universal in its expression of this feeling. Drawing on the teachings of history's most prominent philosophers, John Portmann explores the concept of Schadenfreude in this rigorous, comprehensive, and absorbing study.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415923354
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 13-Jul-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - John Portmann
John Portmann has studied at Yale, Cambridge University, and L'ecole des hautes etudes in sciences sociales in Paris. He received his Ph.D. in philosophical and religious ethics from the University of Virginia, where he studied under James Childress, Daniel Westberg, Richard Rorty and Patricia Spears. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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