Reasons for shame, shame against reason

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The prospect that one may be empowered by wholeheartedly owning, or owning up to, one's shame is, however, more than a bit opaque, and it deserves more careful scrutiny. John Rawls describes shame as "the feeling that someone has when he experiences an injury to his self-respect or suffers a blow to his self-esteem" (p. 442). Now, if this characterization is at all plausible, and if, as many moral philosophers claim, self-respect is a necessary condition for active participation in the moral life, for appropriate participation in social REASON AGAINST SHAME 1 The poet Heine famously speaks of Kant's "world-destroying thought," but Immanuel Kant does more than sweep away preceding understandings of reason and the world and our situation within or in opposition to the world. Kant's work in metaphysics and morals is crucial for modem Western philosophy; it would be difficult to overestimate his influence. Lewis White Beck (1965) offers one summary of this influence by citing what he calls a philosophers' adage: "You can philosophize with Kant or against Kant, but you cannot philosophize without him" (p. 3).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Widening Scope of Shame
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages155-179
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781317771388
ISBN (Print)0881633909, 9780881633900
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Hanson, K. (2014). Reasons for shame, shame against reason. In The Widening Scope of Shame (pp. 155-179). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315803388-16

Reasons for shame, shame against reason. / Hanson, Karen.

The Widening Scope of Shame. Taylor and Francis, 2014. p. 155-179.

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Hanson, K 2014, Reasons for shame, shame against reason. in The Widening Scope of Shame. Taylor and Francis, pp. 155-179. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315803388-16
Hanson K. Reasons for shame, shame against reason. In The Widening Scope of Shame. Taylor and Francis. 2014. p. 155-179 https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315803388-16
Hanson, Karen. / Reasons for shame, shame against reason. The Widening Scope of Shame. Taylor and Francis, 2014. pp. 155-179
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