We are often taught that vengeance is a reprehensible or unworthy motivation and that, as a result, pursuing revenge should not be the method of choice when meting out punishment for crimes.
Anger and outrage: useful emotions that we cannot ignore, or simply a base desire for revenge? Are these (sometimes violent) emotions something we should strive to move beyond, or do we have a right to their expression? When is anger appropriate, and in what ways can it be channeled, if at all?
Former guest Martha Nussbaum is featured on this podcast on anger, courtesy of The Partially Examined Life. Also check out an episode we did with Martha called "The Indispensible Emotions" or our episode, "An Eye for an Eye: The Morality of Revenge" for a discussion on the ethics of anger.