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TitleShame is valuable
AuthorEuvrard, Jonathan George
SubjectB Philosophy (General)
Date2009
TypeThesis
TypeNonPeerReviewed
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AbstractIn this thesis I argue that shame is valuable because it contributes to the moral life by promoting coherence. I start by developing and defending a conception of shame. On my conception, rational shame involves a negative self-assessment, in which I am both the assessor and the object of assessment, and in which the standard of assessment is my own. I then develop a notion of coherence, and apply it to the relationship between values, and the relationship between values and actions. I also tie the notion of coherence to what I call “the moral life”. I then discuss two ways in which shame can work to promote coherence. Firstly, I describe a process of critical reflective self-assessment, and show how this is a particularly effective method of promoting coherence when coupled with shame. Secondly, I discuss the connection between my emotions and my values, arguing that this connection promotes coherence, and that shame works to reinforce this connection and thereby to promote coherence.
Identifierhttp://eprints.ru.ac.za/1781/1/Jonathan_Euvrard_-_Shame_is_Valuable.pdf
Identifier Euvrard, Jonathan George (2009) Shame is valuable. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.