A theory of a lot of what gets called cringe, owing to Partha Dasgupta

I was reading through the The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Economics like the nerd that I am when I noticed this passage from Partha Dasgupta describing why economists don’t talk about values much:

“It is almost as though the protagonists are embarrassed to air their values, because to do so would be to state the obvious and sound grand at the same time.”

It occurred to me that maybe 80% of what we call cringe just is this. Stating the obvious and trying to sound grand at the same time.

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