Sophia 59 (1):5-17 (2020)

Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir
University of Iceland
Shame in the deep sense of fear of exposure of human vulnerability has been identified as one mood or disposition of philosophical thinking. Philosophical imaginary, disciplinary identity and misogynistic vocabulary testify to a collective, underlying, unprocessed shame inherent to the philosophical tradition like Le Doeuff, Butler and Murphy have pointed out. One aspect of collective philosophical shame has to do with disgust of or denial of embodiment insofar as it poses a threat to ideals of sovereignty and rationality. Embodiment reveals finitude, being dependent and exposed to others, and ultimately points to human vulnerability as rooted in an experience of fear of shame. If the inability to process shame of embodiment has resulted in disembodied notions of the human being that may lead to defensiveness, aggression or violence, how can a constructive processing of shame based on an embodied notion of the human being result in a way of philosophical thinking that is more vulnerable? And how can philosophical thinking that has its point of departure in vulnerability, neither in the sense of the victim nor the hero but as a self-conscious emotion, lead to philosophical dialogues that can unsettle vicious cycles of shaming and blaming and are productive for deepening philosophical reflection? Susan Brison’s work on sexual violence will finally be discussed as an example of such a philosophy.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11841-020-00773-w
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 64,042
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The View From Nowhere.Thomas Nagel - 1986 - Oxford University Press.
Sein Und Zeit.Martin Heidegger (ed.) - 1927 - M. Niemeyer.
Undoing Gender.J. Butler - 2004 - Routledge.

View all 28 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

On White Shame and Vulnerabiltiy.Alison Bailey - 2011 - South African Journal of Philosophy 30 (3):472-483.
The Corporeality of Shame: Px and Hx at the Bedside.Fritz Hartmann - 1984 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 9 (1):63-74.
The Truth of Shame-Consciousness in Freud and Phenomenology.Robert Metcalf - 2000 - Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 31 (1):1-18.
On Shame – In Response to Dan Zahavi, Self and Other.Rowland Stout - 2015 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 23 (5):634-638.
Shame, Selves, and Morality.Charlie Kurth - forthcoming - Philosophical Psychology:1-19.
Shame, Violence, and Morality.Krista K. Thomason - 2015 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 91 (1):1-24.
Is Shame a Social Emotion?Fabrice Teroni & Julien A. Deonna - 2011 - In Anita Konzelmann Ziv, Keith Lehrer & Hans Bernard Schmid (eds.), Self-Evaluation: Affective and Social Grounds of Intentionality. Springer. pp. 193-212.
Shame in Sport.Emily S. T. Ryall - 2019 - Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 46 (2):129-146.


Added to PP index

Total views
17 ( #617,562 of 2,454,419 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
6 ( #117,396 of 2,454,419 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes