Where is the fury? On Hume’s peculiar account of anger and resentment

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Anger is arguably one of the most important emotions in a human being’s life. An array of contemporary studies show that, far from being detrimental, anger can foster one’s self-esteem, improve their social interactions, and even benefit physical and mental health. In his Treatise of Human Nature (1739–40), David Hume explicitly recognized the importance of anger. And yet, few topics have been so neglected in the Hume scholarship as his account of this passion. The following chapter aims to fill the gap in the literature by showing that Hume’s analysis of anger is worth studying and strictly connected to some of the most intriguing problems in his philosophy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe dark side
Subtitle of host publicationphilosophical reflections on the “negative emotions”
EditorsPaola Giacomoni, Nicolò Valentini, Sara Dellantonio
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783030551230
ISBN (Print)9783030551223, 9783030551254
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2021

Publication series

NameStudies in the history of philosophy of mind
ISSN (Print)1573-5834
ISSN (Electronic)2542-9922


  • David Hume
  • Passions
  • Anger
  • Resentment
  • Justice


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