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he Green Eyed Narcissist

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The Narcissist's Great Admiration

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First published Wed Dec 18, 2002; substantive revision Thu Jan 22, 2009
Envy is a complex and puzzling emotion. It is, notoriously, one of the seven deadly sins. 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 beyond the pale. Yet there is considerable controversy over what precisely envy is, and the cogency of various specific criticisms of envy depends on what view of that subject is adopted.

In addition to its centrality to discussions in the philosophy of emotions, envy has sparked controversies in political philosophy. Perhaps best known among these is the claim that egalitarian views of justice are motivated by envy. It also receives substantial treatment from John Rawls, who takes pains to argue that envy does not pose a threat to his theory of justice. Each of these topics receives some treatment below.

  a.. 1. The Nature of Envy
    a.. 1.1 Defining Envy
    b.. 1.2 Envy vs. Jealousy
    c.. 1.3 ‘Benign’ and ‘Invidious’ Envy
    d.. 1.4 Envy vs. Resentment
  b.. 2. The Rationality of Envy
  c.. 3. Envy and Justice
    a.. 3.1 Egalitarianism and Envy
    b.. 3.2 Envy-free allocations
    c.. 3.3 Rawls' Problem of Envy
  d.. Bibliography
  e.. Other Internet Resources
  f.. Related Entries

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