Few emotions have divided opinion as deeply as shame. Some scholars have argued that shame is essentially a maladaptive emotion used to oppress minorities and reinforce stigmas and traumas, an emotion that leaves the self at the mercy of powerful others. Other scholars, however, have argued that the absence of a sense of shame in a subject—their shamelessness—is tantamount to a vicious moral insensitivity. As the eleven original chapters in this collection attest, however, shame scholars are entering a new phase, one in which scholarship no longer attempts to defend one side of shame against the other, but rather accepts both faces as faithful to the phenomenon to be explained.
At the core of our understanding of shame there are profound disagreements about the importance of the Other in shaping our moral identity. As this collection shows by its study of shame, the difficulty of the connection between Self, Other, and morality spans over millennia and cultures and currently animates important debates at the core of feminism and disability studies.
Contributors: Mark Alfano, Alessandra Fussi, Lorenzo Greco, JeeLoo Liu, Katrine Krause-Jensen, Heidi L. Maibom, Tjeert Olthof, Imke von Maur, Alba Montes Sánchez, Raffaele Rodogno, Alessandro Salice, Krista K. Thomason, Íngrid Vendrell Ferran
Alessandra Fussi is associate professor of moral philosophy in the Department of Civilizations and Forms of Knowledge at the University of Pisa.
Raffaele Rodogno is associate professor of philosophy in the School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University.
Introduction, Alessandra Fussi and Raffaele Rodogno
Chapter 1: Themes in Current Psychological Research on Shame, Tjeert Olthof
Chapter 2: The Moral Efficacy of the Confucian Sense of Shame, JeeLoo Liu
Chapter 3: Plato on Shame, Alessandra Fussi
Chapter 4: Hume on Shame, Lorenzo Greco
Chapter 5: The Functions of Shame in Nietzsche, Mark Alfano
Chapter 6: Shame as a Self-Conscious Positive Emotion: Scheler’s Radical Revisionary Approach, Íngrid Vendrell Ferran
Chapter 7: Self-Understanding and Moral Self-Improvement in Individual Shame and Shame Based on Group Identification, Alba Montes Sánchez and Alessandro Salice
Chapter 8: The situatednesss of shame and shaming: “Little worlds” and social transformations, Imke von Maur
Chapter 9: Shame and Trauma, Heidi L. Maibom
Chapter 10: Shame, Gender, and Self-Making, Krista K. Thomason
Chapter 11: Shame on Wrong Planet: A study of shame among people on the autism spectrum, Katrine Krause-Jensen and Raffaele Rodogno
About the Contributors
This remarkable collection offers real insight into some key moments in the history of the theorizing about shame while at the same time providing a rich understanding of the most sophisticated facets of contemporary debates on the nature of shame in philosophy and psychology. This, together with the fact that many chapters shed considerable light on the role shame plays in crucial discussions of public interest, such as self-understanding, gender, trauma, and psychopathology, makes me strongly recommend it.
Chapter 11, Shame on Wrong Planet, by Katrine Krause-Jensen and Raffaele Rodogno, has been made available for open access through funding by Aarhus University.
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