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Magdalena Michalik-Jeżowska

Magdalena Michalik-Jeżowska – doctor of Philosophy (1999) and doctor of Psychology (2006). An academic teacher in Rzeszow University (since 1999). Scientific interests: contemporary philosophy, philosophy of emoctions, ethics, philosophical antropology, psychology of morality, social psychology, psychology of personality.



About the Benefits of Pleasure-in-Others’-Misfortune. Aaron Ben-Ze’ev’s Depiction of Emotions as Adaptive Mechanisms

Issue: 5:3 (The nineteenth issue)
This paper was inspired by two ideas: (1) the concept of emotions as adaptive
mechanisms, which was suggested by Aaron Ben-Ze’ev, and (2) Robert Solomon’s
criticism of the distinction between “positive” and “negative” emotions which
functions in social sciences. In the context of the above mentioned theoretical
perspectives I consider the infamous emotion of pleasure-in-others’-misfortune in
terms of possible benefits for the experiencing subject. I focus especially on
supposed adaptive quality of pleasure-in-others’-aging.