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April 18, 2023

Philosophy department to host presentation on 'Envy and Prejudice'

Submitted by Jon Mahoney

The philosophy department will host a talk by Sara Protasi, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Puget Sound, from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, April 21, in 203 Dickens Hall. 

Protasi will present "Envy and Prejudice: The Role of Envy in a Racially Divided Public Sphere."

Abstract: In recent times, philosophers of emotions have started investigating the role of anger, hatred, fear and contempt in relation to racism and racial injustice. Envy, however, has been so far ignored. In this talk, Protasi starts remedying this lacuna by asking what role group envy may play in racial relations. Protasi suggests that different forms of malicious envy play a central role in anti-Asian racism, in particular, and explore the possibility that more benign forms of envy may drive positive, if limited, political change.