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Shame as a Self-Other-Conscious Emotion

17:15

Philosophy Symposium Guest speaker, Professor Dan Zahavi, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Copenhagen and the University of Oxford, and Senior Research Fellow at St Hilda’s College, will give a talk entitled ‘Shame as a self-other-conscious emotion’. All are welcome to attend the talk, drinks and discussion. 

Abstract:

On many standard readings, shame is an emotion that targets and involves the self in its totality. In shame, the self is affected by a global devaluation: it feels defective, objectionable, condemned. The basic question I wish to raise and discuss is the following: What does the fact that we feel shame tell us about the nature of self? Does shame testify to the presence of a self-concept, a (failed) self-ideal, and a capacity for critical self-assessment, or does it rather, as some have suggested, point to the fact that the self is in part socially constructed? Should shame primarily be classified as a self-conscious emotion, or is it rather a distinct social emotion?