Envy

[Revised entry by Justin D'Arms on December 22, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Envy is a complex and puzzling emotion. It is, notoriously, one of the seven deadly sins in
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[Revised entry by Justin D'Arms on December 22, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Envy is a complex and puzzling emotion. It is, notoriously, one of the seven deadly sins in the Catholic tradition. It is very commonly charged with being (either typically or universally) unreasonable, irrational, imprudent, vicious, or wrong to feel. With very few exceptions, the ample philosophical literature defending the rationality and evaluative importance of emotions explicitly excludes envy and a few other nasty emotions as irredeemable. Indeed, some authors who are prepared to defend even jealousy insist that envy is...

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