The Virtues of Our Vices: A Modest Defense of Gossip, Rudeness, and Other Bad Habits

The Virtues of Our Vices: A Modest Defense of Gossip, Rudeness, and Other Bad Habits

by Emrys Westacott
     
 

"Emrys Westacott writes in an accessible way, and often with humor, about topics that are of wide interest. He is right that the ethical questions that confront ordinary people in everyday life are important, even if philosophy has tended to ignore them."--David Benatar, editor of Ethics for Everyday

"In this enjoyable book, Westacott shows that the

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"Emrys Westacott writes in an accessible way, and often with humor, about topics that are of wide interest. He is right that the ethical questions that confront ordinary people in everyday life are important, even if philosophy has tended to ignore them."--David Benatar, editor of Ethics for Everyday

"In this enjoyable book, Westacott shows that the question of whether rudeness, snobbery, and other vices are wrong is more nuanced and delicate than it might appear."--Caspar Hare, author of On Myself, and Other, Less Important Subjects

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691141992
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/21/2011
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 8.66(h) x 1.03(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1: The Rights and Wrongs of Rudeness 13

Chapter 2: The Ethics of Gossiping 53

Chapter 3: O n Snobbery: Is It Sinful to Feel Superior? 100

Chapter 4: "That's not funny—that's sick!" 162

Chapter 5: Why Should I Respect Your Stupid Opinion? 215

Acknowledgments 261

Notes 265

Index 289

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