Jealousy Revisited: Recent Philosophical Work on a Maligned Emotion

Kristján Kristjánsson*

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Taking as its starting point a previous work by the author which reviewed early philosophical sources on jealousy and proposed both a conceptual and moral account of this much-maligned emotion, the present article reviews the relevant philosophical literature from the last decade or so. Most noticeable is how scarce those sources still are. Special attention is given, however, to a new conceptual model proposed by Purshouse and Fredericks which rejects the standard architectonic of jealousy as a three-party compound emotion. While the essential contours of the new model are rejected, Fredericks is shown to offer some powerful misgivings about putative instrumentalist defences of jealousy. In addition to this new model, a number of other recent writings about jealousy – historical, conceptual and moral – are subjected to critical scrutiny in this overview article.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)741-754
Number of pages14
JournalEthical Theory and Moral Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016

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Other keywords

  • Aristotle
  • Conceptual analysis
  • Deservingness
  • Jealousy
  • Moral justification


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