A Slap in the Face: Why Insults Hurt--And Why They Shouldn't 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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Philosophy professor Irvine begins this intriguing book with an examination of the various types of insult: verbal and physical, of course, but also practical jokes, the silent treatment, backbiting, insults by omission, insults by implication, accidental insults, sarcasm, and so on. Readers looking to add to their stock of insults will find much good material here, but they’ll also find an insightful analysis of the way we insult each other, why we do it, how we react, and how we can adjust our notion of insults and modify our reactions to them. Do we tend to overreact to insults? Do we see an insult where none is intended? Especially interesting is the author’s look at the ways we, as a society, have attempted to deal with insults and his analysis of whether these approaches are successful, or even necessary (perhaps the best way to deal with insults is simply to laugh them off). Written in a lively, entertaining style, the book is intended for a general audience, and anyone who picks it up should find something of interest. --David Pitt --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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A Slap in the Face is an earnest book offering some good advice as well as some memorable insults." --Daniel Akst, The Wall Street Journal


"Readers looking to add to their stock of insults will find much good material here, but they'll also find an insightful analysis of the way we insult each other, why we do it, how we react, and how we can adjust our notion of insults and modify our reactions to them...Written in a lively,
entertaining style..." --
Booklist


"We may not like to admit it, but the impulse to wound with words has long been a part of human history, Irvine contends in this mélange of philosophy, psychology, and cultural study. Insults may range from barbs meant as flirtatious bait to the famously eloquent gibes of Shakespeare, but Irvine
pragmatically argues that regardless of intention or context, we must understand insults in order to deal with them." --
Publishers Weekly


"After providing readers with a catalog of amusing insults, Irvine analyzes the role they play in everyday life and offers invaluable advice for reducing their sting. His suggestion that you laugh at yourself when you are insulted--a form of verbal aikido--is nearly foolproof."
--Mark Frauenfelder, founding editor of BoingBoing.net and editor-in-chief of the technology magazine
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"This intriguing book is written in a very engaging style about a topic to which everyone can relate. William Irvine uses leading research in the field to present information in a very accessible manner about the various forms that insults can take, reactions that people have to insults, and ways to
more appropriately respond to insults. The points that Irvine makes will 'slap you in the face' as you quickly become aware of the prevalence of insults, your own and others, in your daily life."--Robin Kowalski, Professor of Psychology, Clemson University


"Aristotle said we were rational animals, but the Stoics noticed that we were insulting animals. Other animals establish social hierarchies with claws and fangs, we do so with words. William Irvine is a collector and a connoisseur of insults, and well-chosen examples keep this book lively. But he
also understands insults; he has important wisdom to impart, backed by his own common sense, some science, and some philosophy, about how to deal with the insults we are likely to get, and inclined to give." -- John Perry, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of California at Riverside
and Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Stanford University


"Essential reading in our age of rage." --
The Lady


--This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00AZXB9L6
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Oxford University Press; 1st edition (February 1, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 1, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 708 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 254 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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William B. Irvine is professor of philosophy at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. For more on his life and writings, visit his author website at WilliamBIrvine.com.

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