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Subject Philosophy

People Hobbes, Thomas

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631192626.2005.x


Contempt is indifference. For Hobbes, who defines this and other emotions and cognitions in terms of some kind of motion, contempt is an absence of motion; it is neither a desire towards nor an aversion away from – Hobbes says “hate” here – some object ( L 6.5). Implicit, but not stated, is the idea that contempt is attributed to a person when some object that usually would generate a motion does not. Some of this comes out when he defines two specific forms of contempt. Contempt of one's good reputation is impudence; contempt of the suffering of other people is cruelty ( L 6.45, 6.47). ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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