Carolyn Korsmeyer's Savoring Disgust is a book that, in spite of its seemingly unsavoury subject matter, deserves to be widely read. Written in an accessible yet richly suggestive prose, it is the first systematic investigation in English-speaking contemporary philosophy of the aesthetic and artistic significance of the emotion of disgust. In the last two or three decades disgust has been studied from various different perspectives; following the initial interest of experimental psychologists, the moral, social, even legal and political relevance of the emotion have been explored. However, with a few notable exceptions, which include some of Korsmeyer's own earlier writings, contemporary aesthetics has paid only cursory attention to disgust. In this new book, Korsmeyer engages in a focused and thorough examination of the...

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