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.”
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.