Naked: The Dark Side of Shame and Moral Life

ISBN : 9780190843274

Krista K. Thomason
248 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Feb 2018
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Shame is a Jekyll-and-Hyde emotion--it can be morally valuable, but it also has a dark side. Thomason presents a philosophically rigorous and nuanced account of shame that accommodates its harmful and helpful aspects. Thomason argues that despite its obvious drawbacks and moral ambiguity, shame's place in our lives is essential.


Acknowledgments ; Introduction: The Two Faces of Shame; Chapter 1 Ajax: Shame and Ideals; Chapter 2 Ajax Reconsidered: Shame and Violence; Chapter 3 Ajax Revealed: A New Account of Shame; Chapter 4 Ajax Redeemed: The Moral Value of Shame; Chapter 5 Ajax Reviled: Shame and Shaming; Conclusion: Shame and the Other Bugs in the Garden ; References

About the author: 

Krista K. Thomason is an assistant professor of philosophy at Swarthmore College. Her main areas of research are moral psychology, Kant's moral theory, and human rights. Her work appears in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Kantian Review, The Southern Journal of Philosophy, and Ethical Theory and Moral Practice.

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