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Raffaele Rodogno

In Defense of Shame: The Faces of an Emotion

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  • Julien Deonna, Université de Genève, Schweiz
  • Raffaele Rodogno
  • Fabrice Teroni, Universität Bern, Schweiz
  • Afdeling for Filosofi

Is shame social? Is it superficial? Is it a morally problematic emotion? Researchers in disciplines as different as psychology, philosophy, and anthropology have thought so. But what is the nature of shame and why are claims regarding its social nature and moral standing interesting and important? Do they tell us anything worthwhile about the value of shame and its potential legal and political applications?

In this book, J. Deonna, R. Rodogno, and F. Teroni propose an original philosophical account of shame aimed at answering these questions. The book begins with a detailed examination of the evidence and arguments that are taken to support what they call the two dogmas about shame: its alleged social nature and its morally dubious character. Their analysis is conducted against the backdrop of a novel account of shame and ultimately leads to the rejection of these two dogmas.  On this account, shame involves a specific form of negative evaluation that the subject takes towards herself: a verdict of incapacity with regard to values to which she is attached. One central virtue of the account resides in the subtle manner it clarifies the ways in which the subject's identity is at stake in shame, thus shedding light on many aspects of this complex emotion and allowing for a sophisticated understanding of its moral significance.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
UdgivelsesstedUSA
ForlagOxford University Press
StatusUdgivet - 25 okt. 2011

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