When Bad Things Happen to Other People

1st Edition

John Portmann

Routledge
Published June 30, 2000
Reference - 264 Pages
ISBN 9780415923354 - CAT# RT2214

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Summary

Although 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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