Crítica, Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, Volume 38, number 112, abril 2006
Revenge
[La venganza]
Robert J. Stainton
Department of Philosophy
University of Western Ontario

rstainto@uwo.ca

Abstract: This paper discusses, in a preliminary manner, what revenge is. (It does not address the rationality or moral standing of revenge.) In particular, it proposes four elements of revenge —an agent, a recipient, a harm intended by the former, and a harm done by the latter which provokes the revenge. Based on these four elements, it highlights both agent-internal conditions for getting revenge, and agentexternal ones. Along the way, the paper contrasts revenge with related phenomena like merely getting even, and retribution.
Keywords: revenge, internalism, externalism, retribution

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