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William Miller embarks on an alluring journey into the world of disgust, showing how it brings order anwtomia meaning to our lives even as it horrifies and revolts us.

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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 jiller without disgust for evil, hypocrisy, stupidity, and cruelty. Miller details our anxious relation to basic life processes: 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 mlller pollution, seriously threatens democracy.

Miller argues that disgust is deeply grounded in our ambivalence to life: 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 willoam. It is easy to dismiss disgust as a mere gut-level twinge; after all, the word and thus, to anqtomia extent, the concept did not even enter the English language until the 17th century.

But Milleer convincingly argues for disgust’s wide-ranging cultural influence With an Aristotelian zeal and thoroughness, he proceeds to explore the ramifications of disgust’s various manifestations, from its role as the strict guardian of social hierarchies to its place as the ia handmaiden of civilization Miller has done a tasteful and intelligent job of shedding light on the muck of our most visceral and primordial emotion.

Kirkus Reviews This is unique: Readers willing to overcome their own disgust may find [Miller’s idea] a brilliant one and also an unusual way to address how we love More than mapping out revulsion, however, Miller mkller that moral outlooks emanate from disgust–a radical proposition that is argued provocatively. Booklist [A] learned book Miller mliler perceives that disgust helps to define our identities, create hierarchies, and order our world. He aims to bridge the academic and lay worlds, and to restore moral psychology to the wholeness it had for Montaigne and La Rochefoucauld He wants us to treat disgust with the seriousness it deserves, as a determinant of love, sexuality, politics, and even our sense of self.

And against all the odds he’s succeeded: Disgust is more than a feeling: It is not simple misanthropy or plain nausea, but it is Sartre’s existential nausee; it is Hamlet’s view of the millfr and willima in it.

It is a response to defilement; it denotes a recoil from horror cruelty and gore, or even Beauty and the Beast ; it arises suddenly, but is slow to dissipate. And disgust is not a disembodied emotion like contempt. It is too visceral to be ironic, it always involves the senses, and it expresses itself in physical terms Axco in ideas which are frowstily familiar, [Miller] makes of them something startlingly fresh.

This exploration of the psyche’s murky byways would make a major book in itself, but Miller’s purpose is deeper: Miller has written a compact study of a roiling subject, studded with local brilliances, that milleer a large, but clearly arguable, point.


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Human society needs the “moral emotions,” disgust perhaps most of all, to enforce its taboos, its armory of boundary-rules, and to keep pollution at bay. He brilliantly marshals sources that span a millennium of Western history, drawing critically on the works of such diverse thinkers as Hume, Hazlitt, and Freud.

Library Journal [A]n enjoyable, methodologically eclectic academic romp. In a dark room, a large group of diners looks disapprovingly at edl viewer.

The one empty seat indicates that he or she once had a place at the table but is now excluded Miller mines history particularly the Middle Agesliterature particularly skaldicFreud, Orwell and his own experiences as a parent of four young children to show the holes in Mary Douglas’s theory that the disgusting is anomalous, milleer that doesn’t fit say, hair growing out of earsand in Paul Rozin’s argument that disgust resides in “food rejection or in anxieties about our animal origins.

Especially after the 18th century, disgust became more clearly bound up with class, bourgeois good taste and moral values. Miller’s a fine, entertaining, self-deprecating writer who has created a book that, if not always appetizing, is still a tasteful examination of a strong emotion that is generally held at arm’s length.

Publishers Weekly starred review [A] marvelously fertile new book Many writers about disgust have treated it as a bare feeling, with little or no cognitive content. Miller argues powerfully that this approach is inadequate. Disgust actually has a very complex miller sophisticated cognitive content. Nussbaum New Republic Mr. Miller’s novel line of inquiry, as well as frequent displays of wit and insight, makes The Anatomy of Disgust an engaging book.

Spy Magazine William Miller He has followed his book Humiliation with a fascinating study of disgust–a universal human feeling that underpins many moral responses His literary evidence is rich: Swift’s fascination with the stinking privy stool behind the dressing table; Shakespeare’s bubbling cauldron of witch-brew; the maggot-blown world of Jacobean tragedy; De gaping at the engulfing vagina But Mr Miller does more than catalogue revoltingness. His interest is in the moral meaning of disgust The Economist While The Anatomy of Deo does disgust, it also enthralls, enlightens, dazzles and entertains.

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It “anatomizes” disgust–which Miller defines as a “strong sense of aversion to something perceived as dangerous because of its powers to contaminate, infect or pollute”–by exploring it as both a physical sensation and a moral sentiment.

In both cases, it turns out, disgust has enormous political and social implications. But perhaps the most striking thing ajatomia The Anatomy of Disgust, as Miller himself ajatomia, is its willingness to be “methodologically promiscuous”, to draw on history, literature, moral philosophy and psychology as well as on events from Miller’s own life What this jan written book reminds us so brilliantly is how much the humanities–and in some ways only the humanities–can tell us about the empirical world, the world of physical sensation, social behaviour, and political conflict.

One wouldn’t have thought that the subject of disgust could exfoliate so elaborately, or throw off so many provocative insights, as it does in these pages, not only into the way we live but into the way we have always lived. The capacity for disgust, it turns out, may be as significant as any quality we possess Detalles del producto Formato: Harvard University Press 15 de marzo de Vendido por: Amazon Media EU S. 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 kan relativism.


This is a genuinely philosophical treatment in the best sense, drawing on all areas of human wisdom and experience. But these flaws do not take away from the overall excellence of the work.

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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.

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 millfr 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. Humanity must instill a sense of discuss in children as it does a sense of disgust for anaatomia 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. 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! One more “I loved it! Yes, and here’s goes. 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.