Collective Resentment

Social Theory and Practice 39 (3):501-521 (2013)
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Resentment, as it is currently understood in the philosophical literature, is individual. That is, it is anger about a moral injury done to oneself. But in some cases, resentment responds to systemic harms and injustices rather than direct moral injuries. The purpose of this paper is to move beyond individualistic conceptions of resentment to develop an account of collective resentment that better captures the character and effects of the emotion in these cases. I use the example of indigenous and settler Canadians’ reciprocal resentments in response to the Indian Residential Schools and continuing political disagreements as an example of a context in which understanding collective resentment is important.

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Katie Stockdale
University of Victoria

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Forgiveness and Resentment.Jeffrie Murphy - 1982 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 7 (1):503-516.
Unreasonable Resentments.Alice MacLachlan - 2010 - Journal of Social Philosophy 41 (4):422-441.

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