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Introduction

Julien A. Deonna, Raffaele Rodogno and Fabrice Teroni

in In Defense of Shame

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199793532
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199928569 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793532.003.0001
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We first introduce in connection with shame various dimensions of the emotions that structure the discussions to come. These dimensions pertain to the phenomenology, intentionality, evaluation, contexts, developmental path, manifestation and action tendencies of emotions in general and of shame in particular. Next, we introduce the distinction between shame as an episodic emotion and shame as a disposition. Finally, we focus on two different connections between emotions and morality that will be especially relevant for the discussions conducted in this book. First, an emotion may be said to be moral in the sense that it is morally good or bad. Second, an emotion may be said to be moral in the sense that the motivations it embodies are distinctively moral.

Keywords: emotion; morality; shame; phenomenology; intentionality; evaluation; episodes; dispositions

Chapter.  4987 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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