It’s natural, but is it right? On the perils of rage

[image: Rage (14th century), Wikipedia; this is essay #293 in the “Philosophy as a Way of Life” series]

A few days ago I saw a tweet that talked up a forthcoming book which will argue that rage is necessary to address racial injustice. The book isn’t out yet, so this essay isn’t about it, directly. But it is about the general notion that becoming enraged at injustice is both natural and right.

I have been writing about the perils of anger and rage for a while now, ever since…