Prof. Sara Protasi Featured on Philosophy Talk

Professor Sara Protasi is being featured on this week’s episode of Philosophy Talk, a national syndicated radio show that “celebrates the value of the examined life.” Philosophy talk describes the episode by saying:

Bertrand Russell said that envy was one of the most potent causes of unhappiness, and it’s well known as one of the seven deadly sins. But is envy always a bad thing? Is it simply a petty emotion we should try to avoid, or could envy help us understand ourselves more? Is envy rooted in unhealthy comparison with others, or does it come from our own vision of excellence? Could envy even be used to improve ourselves? Josh and Ken consider whether to envy their guest, Sara Protasi from the University of Puget Sound.

The episode will be available to stream for free starting Friday, February 1st. It will be available for free for one week. To listen, visit this link.

“Love your Frenemy” and “Frenemies” by Prof. Protasi Available Online

Assistant Professor Sara Protasi recently had work featured in the digital magazine Aeon and also appeared in an episode of an Australian radio show, Radio National (RN).

Her paper on Aeon, titled “Love Your Frenemy” investigates love and envy as two sides of the same coin. Click here to read the full paper.

Loving wisely involves the cultivation, even if not the full achievement, of virtues such as compassion and unbiased self-reflection: it involves the capacity to feel envy toward the beloved in a way that is not only destructive but also constructive.

As a guest on an episode of RN, Prof. Protasi also discussed the connection between love and envy and how they are perpetuated in relationships. To listen to “Frenemies” click here.