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Under the trick (also treachery or deceit ) refers to an unrecognizable, hidden and hostile at first glance intention is revealed only at sharp insight. To put it less disparagingly or disparagingly, she is about cunning .

As such, it belongs in sociology to the Paretian residue of the “instinct of combinations”.

Insidious characters often play a role in literature (compare the Iago in Shakespeare's Othello ).

Friedrich Theodor Vischer also has one in his novel . A travel acquaintance (1879) coined the expression of the " problem of the object " with which he described the annoying unruliness of (everyday) objects. Wittgenstein called this a “stupid anthropomorphism”, the Grimm - who also knows the Tückebold - a little more beautifully “soulful of things”.

Criminal law (Germany)

  • According to German criminal law, according to prevailing opinion, the insidiousness contained in the murderous offenses ( Section 211 StGB) denotes the exploitation of defenselessness based on innocence.
  • Cunning i. S. d. of the constituent elements of dangerous bodily harm ( Section 224 of the Criminal Code) means planned, concealing action. It is thus even more marked than the insidiousness by the deliberately achieved concealment element of the perpetrator.

Single receipts

  1. See a. Hartmut Böhme , Fetishism of Culture. Another theory of modernity , Rowohlt, Reinbek 2006, p. 493.
  2. Grimm, German dictionary, sv "Tücke"

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