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Review of Colin McGinn’s “The Meaning of Disgust”

The review, by Nina Strohminger can be found here. Strohminger is currently a graduate student in Michigan in the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience program, and next year she will take up a postdoc at Duke University in the Kenan Institute of Ethics.

It begins: “In disgust research, there is shit, and then there is bullshit. Colin McGinn’s book belongs to the latter category.”

It ends:

For the rest of us—those who actually care about disgust, or aesthetic emotions, or scholarship at all— the book is bound to disappoint. “Who can deny the mood-destroying effect of an errant flatus just at the moment of erotic fervor?” he writes. McGinn’s book is just such a flatus, threatening to spoil an exciting intellectual moment for the rest of us. Sometimes with books, as with farts, it’s better to just hold it in.



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