Shame is valuable

Euvrard, Jonathan George (2009) Shame is valuable. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.




In 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.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Shame, Coherence, Self-assessment, Emotion, Reflections, Integrity, Value, Moral life
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy
Supervisors:Vice, S
ID Code:1781
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:02 Nov 2010 06:35
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:21
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