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A Slap in the Face: Why Insults Hurt–And Why They Shouldn’t

By William B. Irvine

A Slap in the Face: Why Insults Hurt–And Why They Shouldn’t

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Started reading:
6 May 2013
Finished reading:
11 May 2013

Review

To state the obvious first: this is not a collection of insults, thou lumpish motley-minded vassal, though several good ones appear within. What this is, then, is an analysis of why it is that insults flourish — briefly, because they support a hierarchy based on social status — and why we needn’t get bent out of shape over them. Not that it’s easy to shrug them off in the time-honored manner of the Stoics, who long ago learned that particular shrug; but responding with grace and humor is the best way to defuse most such situations.