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Naked: The Dark Side of Shame and Moral Life

Krista K. Thomason


Moral philosophers have long argued that shame can be a morally valuable emotion that helps people realize when they fail to be the kinds of people they aspire to be. According to these arguments, people feel shame when they fail to live up to the norms, standards, and ideals that are valued as part of a virtuous life. But lurking in the shadows is the dark side of shame. People might feel shame when they fail to live up to their values, but they also feel shame about sex, nudity, being ugly, fat, stupid, or low-class. What is worse, people often respond to shame with violence and self-destruc ... More

Keywords: shame, shaming, emotion, moral emotion, moral psychology

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190843274
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190843274.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Krista K. Thomason, author
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Swarthmore College

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