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The Meaning of Disgust$
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Colin McGinn

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199829538

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199829538.001.0001

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The Elicitors of Disgust

The Elicitors of Disgust

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(p.13) 2 The Elicitors of Disgust
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The Meaning of Disgust
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Colin McGinn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199829538.003.0002

This chapter lists a number of categories of disgusting phenomena, accompanied by a pairing with relevant non-disgusting entities. The list provides the data for any plausible theory of the disgusting, and what is striking is how heterogeneous the class is. This heterogeneity poses a problem for the most initially attractive theories, forcing a subtler and more elaborate account of the disgusting, which will finally emerge in this study, hopefully. The goal is to find a theory that unifies the varieties of disgust.

Keywords:   disgusting phenomena, disgust, non-disgusting, heterogeneity, varieties of disgust

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