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Michael Cholbi Ph.D.
Martha Nussbaum thinks we don't need anger in order to have self-respect. But isn't the anger-free person weak?
Injustice tells the world that wrongdoers and their victims are not moral equals. Can anger and retribution symbolically restore their equality?
Anger makes us want to retaliate against those who've harmed us. Martha Nussbaum says that's irrational and incoherent — is she right?
Anger is a strange emotional brew: painful, but tinged with pleasurable anticipation at seeing wrongdoers suffer. Should we cultivate anger, or shun it, as Martha Nussbaum argues?
We are facing a rising tide of anger in public and private life. Can philosophy help us navigate our way through—or even beyond—anger?
It seems natural to think that the harsher the punishment, the more it will deter crime. But some recent studies suggest that isn't the case. Here some tools from economics and philosophy are used to explore why.
Sweden sets 'zero suicides' as its public health goal. Should we follow suit?
Michael Cholbi, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona.