Shame and ideas of oneself: genetic approach and ethical readings

Ana Cristina Falcato


This essay, structured in three parts, traces a conceptual genealogy of the reaction of shame as a primary psychological phenomenon with a deep moral impact upon experiencing subjects, and further analyses two sublimated renderings of the basic emotion: in Kantian ethics and in J.M. Coetzee’s novelistic project.

Key-words: shame, genetic approach, Kant, Bernard Williams, J.M. Coetzee.


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