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Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published December 1st by Liberty Fund Inc. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 8. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Envy , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 01, Jake Desyllas rated it it was amazing Shelves: leftism , psychology , alreadyread , owned. An extraordinary, surprising, brilliant book.
Not only does he tackle a subject that is shrouded in taboo with great rational clarity, he goes on to provide a fascinating theory of the role of envy in social life. I will be thinking about the many ideas packed into Schoeck's masterwork for some time. View 1 comment. Oct 06, Michael Connolly rated it really liked it Shelves: psychology , 1st-hundred.
He was a sociologist at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. He published this book in Overview: This is a book about envy, an important subject which has generally been neglected by academics. The author criticizes researchers in the social sciences of having paid too little attention to envy. In particular, envy as a motivation for crime.
Black Magic, Witchcraft, and Sorcery: Envy plays a major role in many primitive cultures. Envious people suspect successful people of having achieved their success by practicing sorcery. People who are envied fear that the envious ones will practice black magic against them to hurt them. If something bad happens by chance to the envied person, they will believe that their misfortune was caused by the black magic of the envier.
Nemesis was a Greek god that punished the arrogant and greedy. Ostracism: In Ancient Greece, citizens who received too much good fortune were often ostracized: sent away from the city for ten years.
Herodotus tells a tale of the most honorable man in Athens, Aristides, being ostracized for it. Ingratitude and Resentment: Acts of generosity are often responded to not with gratitude, but with ingratitude.
Ingratitude and resentment toward the benefactor is actually the rule. Schadenfreude: Envy, which is pain at the good fortune of others, has a converse, schadenfreude, which is joy at the misfortunes of others.
Vandalism: Envy is the motive behind vandalism. If I cannot have a nice school, house or car, then I will damage yours so you cannot enjoy it. Dealing with Envy: People who fear being envied often respond by hiding what they have. Kennedy out of envy. Social Justice: Social justice is a polite term for envy.
When the hard life of the poor had largely been ameliorated, to keep the movement for social justice alive, the leaders turned to pandering to envy. The progressive income tax was a way to appeal to the envy of the lower classes. They admitted to themselves that they were unable to figure out how to make Britain more egalitarian by gradualism and democracy.
In fact, Sidney once told his wife Beatrice that he hoped their Labour Party would lose the election, because they had no plan for dealing with unemployment. Privacy: In primitive societies, it is difficult for the individual to spend personal time alone. There is a fear of what they might be up to. The Israeli kibbutzim also opposed personal privacy, because people who spent time alone were seen as hoarding their time to themselves, instead of sharing it with others.
Causal Delusion: The envious person perceives the fact that the envied person possesses wealth or privilege as being the cause that prevents the envious person from obtaining it.
Dec 01, Tommy rated it it was ok Shelves: sociology , right-wing. Neoconservative etymology and values. Social criticism is sin and consumption is virtue. Directly claims progressive taxation, antitrust laws, monasticism and genocide are all just the result of a pathology diagnosable in the psychoanalytic tradition. Wants to claim it prevents economic growth and also claim Asian values are heavily infected with envy and conformism but you've seen more impressive growth there than in most of the West even if the West's degenerate by the authors standards you s Neoconservative etymology and values.
Wants to claim it prevents economic growth and also claim Asian values are heavily infected with envy and conformism but you've seen more impressive growth there than in most of the West even if the West's degenerate by the authors standards you still see different attitudes which are more individualist and generally accepting of inequality and diversity. The interpretation of William Jennings Bryan, populism and social ostracism is also weak.
This is way to reductionist and dealing with very conflatable subjects e. Envy exists and is important and definitely does play a role in all kinds of decisions but it's mostly the haves wanting the have nots getting any privileges they "had to work for" today. You can invoke feelings of popular envy more easily from perceived freeloaders than established wealth.
Envy has never made anyone rich. This is all just moralism. Many people have gotten ahead by means of sabotage and have gotten much pleasure out of it at the same time. Aug 17, Kenneth rated it it was amazing. This book gives plenty to think about in human society. It is sociological rather than philosophical, so it spends more time describing society and the impact of envy than it does saying what the response of society should be to envy.
He does give a fairly balanced view of envy as both a boon and bane for society. His arguments on envy as the driving force of most progressivism and the foolishness of efforts to build a Utopia without envy are well worth the read. His last sentence demonstrates h This book gives plenty to think about in human society.
His last sentence demonstrates his thesis well: "The time has surely come when we should stop behaving as though the envious man was the main criterion for economic and social policy.
Aug 10, Bill Churchill rated it liked it. A thorough treatment of the envy, though I have issues with some of his conclusions. Jul 19, Maiz Lulkin rated it it was amazing. Along with Weber's Protestant Spirit the best sociology book I've ever read. In fact it's psychology, philosophy, anthropology It's a masterpiece covering all the phenomenology on Envy.
Jul 05, Gary Mullennix rated it it was amazing. This is the most complete discussion of the phenomena of envy, its rise, its place in history, the difficulties it has caused and more. It is nearly enough to know that 7 of the 10 Commandments condemn envy because of its ruinous nature and its universality.
However, anyone who takes the time to read this book will finish it far more aware of the difficulties caused by envy. It starts in birth and is almost always present to some degree. Worse, politicians are quite prone to appeal to envy as a This is the most complete discussion of the phenomena of envy, its rise, its place in history, the difficulties it has caused and more. Worse, politicians are quite prone to appeal to envy as a means of gaining power.
The pursuit of 'justic' is often fueled by the appeals to envy, a very sad but persistent condition of mankind. Nov 09, Catalina rated it it was amazing.
An amazing book, a must read for anyone who wants to understand humans, society and especially for those pretending to change the world 'in better'!
Part of the Liberty Fund network. Ivan is drawing the young and envious Nikolai further into a plot to disrupt Soviet society. He stews over the privileges and honors bestowed on others. Envy, says Schoeck, is something we all feel but hardly ever talk about. Other negative emotions are granted a degree of public respect. We can admit to hatred, fear, and even jealousy, but envy is a quality we attribute only to others, whose envy is to be feared.
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For fifteen years, starting in , Schoeck would work as a professor at various U. In , he taught philosophy at Fairmont State College , followed by a two-year stint at Yale. At Emory University he was awarded a full professorship in sociology. In , Schoeck returned to Germany, where he obtained a chair in sociology at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz , which he would occupy until his retirement in Schoeck, who was also a columnist of the Welt am Sonntag for twenty years, died of cancer in
Envy : A Theory of Social Behaviour
Envy: A Theory of Social Behaviour