On Contempt

Scott Stephens

Scott Stephens
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On Contempt

Published

5 December 2019

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9780522874440

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Melbourne University Press

On Contempt

Scott Stephens

Scott Stephens
Contempt diminishes those who express it, those who are subject to it and society as a whole.
Contempt is the expression, not of hatred, but of scorn. And the unwillingness to see in the life of another anything that demands recognition, compassion or respect.

Politically, its effects can be seen across race relations, inequality, housing, refugee policy, criminal justice, satire, pornography and the media.

Contempt has a corrosive effect on those who indulge in it, and on those who suffer from it. It is the quintessential emotion of our times.
Contempt is the expression, not of hatred, but of scorn. And the unwillingness to see in the life of another anything that demands recognition, compassion or respect.

Politically, its effects can be seen across race relations, inequality, housing, refugee policy, criminal justice, satire, pornography and the media.

Contempt has a corrosive effect on those who indulge in it, and on those who suffer from it. It is the quintessential emotion of our times.

Scott Stephens

Scott Stephens

Scott Stephens is editor of the ABC’s Religion and Ethics website, and the co-host (with Waleed Aly) of The Minefield on Radio National. He has published widely on moral philosophy, theological ethics and cultural theory.

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