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Phenomenological distinctions

two types of envy and their difference from covetousness

Michael R. KellyMichael Kelly

pp. 157-177


Some recent discussions of envy in moral psychology have defended the controversial claims that (1) envy occurs in two types and that (2) one of these types is benign. For different reasons, Robert Roberts and Gabrielle Taylor, for example, rightly identify a mode of envy focused upon the envier which is lacking envy's most familiar characteristic: the hostile regard of the neighbor who occupies some superior status with respect to a thing, trait, or capacity of importance to the envier. In this chapter, Michael R. Kelly considers Taylor's account of envy and suggests a phenomenological development that can accommodate Taylor's insight that there are two types of envy without running either type into covetousness or endorsing the perhaps indefensible view of a benign form of envy.

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Simmons J Aaron, Hackett James Edward (2016) Phenomenology for the twenty-first century. New York, Palgrave Macmillan.

Pages: 157-177

DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-55039-2_9

Full citation:

Kelly Michael R, Kelly Michael (2016) „Phenomenological distinctions: two types of envy and their difference from covetousness“, In: J.A. Simmons & J.E. Hackett (eds.), Phenomenology for the twenty-first century, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 157–177.