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Author Steintrager, James A., 1965-

Title Cruel delight : enlightenment culture and the inhuman / James A. Steintrager
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2004]
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 208 pages) : illustrations
Contents The inhuman -- The model of moral monstrosity -- The paradox of inhumanity -- Curiosity killed the cat -- Animals and the mark of the human -- The monstrous face of curiosity -- The bedside manner of the Marquis de Sade -- Science and insensibility -- The ethics and aesthetics of human vivisection
Summary Cruel Investigation investigates the fascination with joyful malice in 18th-century Europe and how this obsession helped inform the very meaning of humanity. James A. Steintrager reveals how the understanding of cruelty moved from an inexplicable, apparently paradoxical "inhuman" pleasure in the misfortune of others to an eminently human trait stemming from will and freedom
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-201) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Cruelty -- History -- 18th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0253110696 (electronic bk.)
0253216494 (paperback; alk. paper)
0253343674 (alk. paper)
9780253110695 (electronic bk.)
9780253216496 (paperback; alk. paper)
9780253343673 (alk. paper)