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Aristotle on Shame and Learning to Be Good

Marta Jimenez


This book presents a novel interpretation of Aristotle’s account of how shame instils virtue, and defends its philosophical import. Despite shame’s bad reputation as a potential obstacle to the development of moral autonomy, shame is for Aristotle the proto-virtue of those learning to be good, since it is the emotion that equips them with the seeds of virtue. Other emotions such as friendliness, righteous indignation, emulation, hope, and even spiritedness may play important roles on the road to virtue. However, shame is the only one that Aristotle repeatedly associates with moral progress. Th ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, ethics, shame, virtue, habituation, emotions, noble, honor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198829683
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198829683.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marta Jimenez, author
Associate Professor, Emory University