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ERIC Number: EJ1036881
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
Is Shame an Ugly Emotion? Four Discourses--Two Contrasting Interpretations for Moral Education
Kristjánsson, Kristján
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v33 n5 p495-511 Sep 2014
This paper offers a sustained philosophical meditation on contrasting interpretations of the emotion of shame within four academic discourses--social psychology, psychological anthropology, educational psychology and Aristotelian scholarship--in order to elicit their implications for moral education. It turns out that within each of these discourses there is a mainstream interpretation which emphasises shame's expendability or moral ugliness (and where shame is typically described as guilt's ugly sister), but also a heterodox interpretation which seeks to retrieve and defend shame. As the heterodox interpretation seems to offer a more realistic picture of shame's role in moral education, the provenance of the mainstream interpretation merits scrutiny. I argue that social scientific studies of the concept of shame, based on its supposed phenomenology, incorporate biases in favour of excessive, rather than medial, forms of the emotion. I suggest ways forward for more balanced analyses of the nature, moral justification and educative role of shame.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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