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FIF 623 Jealousy: Its Nature and History

Course Description

Does jealousy rather than love make the world go round? Is jealousy the prime social emotion? Does it help to make us better people and better citizens? This is what course instructor Peter Toohey argued, controversially, in his recent defence of the emotion in his book 'Jealousy'. You will examine the nature and history of the emotion of jealousy, in society, in literature and art, and in history.  Some of the topics covered will be; jealousy versus envy, the psychology of jealousy, jealousy in art, sexual jealousy in society, jealousy-free societies, the history of jealousy, jealousy in the family, jealousy and creativity, jealousy in business and politics, and, finally, should we even try to avoid jealousy?

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