In Defense of Shame: The Faces of an Emotion

Hardcover | November 3, 2011

byJulien Deonna, Raffaele Rodogno, Fabrice Teroni

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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 andimportant? Do they tell us anything worthwhile about the value of shame and its potential legal and political applications? In this book, Julien Deonna, Raffaele Rodogno, and Fabrice 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: itsalleged 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 towardsherself: 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 asophisticated understanding of its moral significance.This philosophical account of shame engages with all the current debates on shame as they are conducted within disciplines as varied as ethics, moral, experimental, developmental and evolutionary psychology, anthropology, legal studies, feminist studies, politics and public policy.

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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 andimportant? Do they tell us anything worthwhile abo...

Julien A. Deonna is Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Geneva and at the Swiss Center for Research in the Affective Sciences, University of Geneva. Raffaele Rodogno is Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at Aarhus University, Denmark and Collaborator at the Center of Functionally Integra...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:November 3, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroductionA. Why shame?B. Emotions and their DimensionsC. Shame and the sense of shameD. Emotions and moralityE. The structure of the bookPart One: Two Dogmas About Shame1. The Social EmotionA. Strands within the Social Conception of ShameB. consequences for shame's moral standingC. Conclusion2. The Ugly EmotionA. Shame's Uglinessi. Shame and hidingii. Shame and empathyiii. Shame and angeriv. Shame and depressionB. Evolutionary PerspectivesC. ConclusionPart Two: The Nature Of Shame3. Shame, values and the selfA. The object and evaluation dimensions: The evidencei. Global selvesii. Ego-idealsB. Shame between values and the selfi. The value connectionii. The self connectioniii. Connecting value and selfC. Homing in on the self of shamei. The Self as Kantian Personii. The self of central commitmentsD. Conclusion4. Shame revealedA. The identity of shameB. Shame's features explainedC. ConclusionPart Three: Revisiting the Dogmas5. Socialism with ModestyA. Shame's autonomyB. SuperficialityC. Detached PerspectiveD. Conclusion6. Shame's fragile beautyA. The shame-anger connectionB. Shame-proneness and its consequencesC. The r-evolution of shameD. Shame and MoralityE. Shame and moral goodnessPart Four: Shame in the Public Domain7. Shame, Crime, and PunishmentA. Shame and Criminal Punishmenti. How Can Shame Be a Punishment?ii. Shaming Penaltiesiii. Should the State Inflict Shame as Punishment?B. Shame and Restorative Justicei. Some Basics about Restorative Justiceii. Restorative Conferences as Exercises in 'Shame Management'iii. The Restorative Force of ShameC. Conclusion8. Shame and SubordinationA. From shame to illegalityi. Shame as the motivating force behind legislationii. Shamefulness as a ground for banning behaviorB. The role of shame in the public domaini. The negative role of shameii. The positive role of shameiii. Should subordinate groups be immune or made immune to shame?C. ConclusionReferences