Journals Higher Education



Published: 28 August 2003

144 Pages | 16 halftones

5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9780195158120

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The Seven Deadly Sins

Joseph Epstein

New York Public Library Lectures in Humanities

Writing in a conversational, erudite, self-deprecating style that wears its learning lightly, best-selling author Joseph Epstein takes us on a stimulating tour of the many faces of envy. He considers what great thinkers--such as John Rawls, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche--have written about envy; distinguishes between envy, yearning, jealousy, resentment, and schadenfreude ("a hardy perennial in the weedy garden of sour emotions"); and catalogs the many things that are enviable, including wealth, beauty, power, talent, knowledge and wisdom, extraordinary good luck, and youth (or as the title of Epstein's chapter on youth has it, "The Young, God Damn Them").