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Main PageHatred → Misanthropy

Misanthropie (Greek: μισεῖν misein ("hate", "reject") and ἄνθρωπος anthrōpos ("man", "human being")) describes the perspective of a person who hates people and rejects (their nearby). Such a person himself is called a misanthrope (or misanthropist). He dislikes or distrusts humanity as a general rule.

People hate denotes a contemptuous attitude towards people or of humanity. People hate towards themselves called self-hatred.


Misanthropy characterizes an attitude, no action. A misanthrope need not be violent, aggressive or arrogant, altruistic behavior is not excluded from it. Misandry refers to the hatred of men, misogyny hatred of women.


Immanuel Kant[wp] condemned in its General Comment on exposure of aesthetic reflective judgments misanthropy:

Quote: «In contrast, people to flee from misanthropy, because they are hostile to or from Anthropophobie (shyness) because they are feared as his enemies, sometimes ugly, sometimes contemptuously.»

The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer[wp] took a misanthropic point of view. He believed that human existence would be "a kind of error":

Quote: «This drives the need of the society, arising from the emptiness and monotony of their own inside, people to each other, but their many obnoxious properties and intolerable errors they encounter again from each other.» In: Hedgehog's dilemma[wp]

See also