Socialism with Modesty

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:
Socialism with Modesty

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In this chapter, which responds to chapter 1, we use the value pluralism that is part of our account of shame to criticize the idea that shame is a social emotion, i.e. that it necessarily connects with social values and discloses our submission to external standards or our concern for how we appear in the eyes of others. Shame, we first argue, is never heteronomous. We then claim that the relevant values need not have to do with our social standing or invasion of our privacy, and that shame elicited by the appearance one gives should be distinguished from other types of shame. The role of others, we contend, is most of the time confined to triggering our realization that we are or have behaved in a way that is below the threshold of what we personally deem acceptable. Finally, we argue that shame does not require the subject to take the perspective of another upon what she is or what she does.

Keywords: heteronomy; social emotion; social values; value pluralism; privacy; external perspective

Chapter.  9986 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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