A Critical Account of the Concept of De-Objectified Hatred


  • Mark Losoncz Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade




hatred, structure, intentionality, reflexivity, emotions


This paper looks at Thomas Szanto’s theory of hatred that suggests that hatred has an indeterminate affective focus and that it derives its intensity from the commitment to the attitude itself. Contrary to Szanto’s theses, this paper claims that the hated properties are not necessarily fuzzy. On the contrary, in many cases we can clearly reconstruct the quasi-rational genesis of hatred, by relying on the deep structures behind the social dynamics (as demonstrated by the example of anti-Semitism). Furthermore, the paper states that even though in certain cases hatred is a truly empty of content, these cases are marginal in comparison to other, more important forms of hatred. 


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How to Cite

Losoncz, M. (2021) “A Critical Account of the Concept of De-Objectified Hatred”, Filozofija i društvo/Philosophy and Society. Belgrade, Serbia, 32(3), pp. 369–376. doi: 10.2298/FID2103369L.