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November 13, 2013

Sara Protasi (Philosophy) explores fundamental philosophical questions about envy in her dissertation, “Envy: Varieties, Evils, and Paradoxes,” advised by Tamar Gendler. She compares accounts of envy in ancient and early modern thought and posits four kinds of invidious emotions: emulative envy, inert envy, aggressive envy, and spiteful envy. Using this psychological approach, she analyzes the morality of envy and contends that envy is, “paradoxically, the dark side of love; the same conditions that foster love also make us envious.” Sara earned a BA at the University of Rome and a graduate degree at the University of Bologna before coming to Yale.