Disgust With ‘Disgust’, And Where’s McGinn?

McGinn-bookDisgust gets a roller-coaster ride in a soon-to-be-published study (which you can download a full copy of now!). The study is:

The Meaning of Disgust: A Refutation,” Nina Strohminger, Emotion Review, in press 2013.

The author, at Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University, begins the paper with this sentence:

In disgust research, there is shit, and then there is bullshit. McGinn’s (2011) theory belongs to the latter category.”

Strominger’s disgusted-with-‘disgust’ study is a reaction to this book:

The Meaning of Disgust, Colin McGinn, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2011.

The book’s author, Colin McGinn, is based at the University of Miami. Or was. See the reports: “Prominent Philosopher to Leave U. of Miami Amid Misconduct Allegations” and “McGinn Leaving Miami Due To Improper Emails“.

(Thanks to investigator Neil Martin for suppressing whatever kinds of disgust he may feel at one or another aspect of this story, and bringing it to our attention.)

BONUS: Colin McGinn’s blog