Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Publication Date

11-14-2018

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Source Publication

Journal of Moral Education

Source ISSN

0305-7240

Abstract

Philosophical views defending shame as a catalyst for moral virtue are at odds with empirical data indicating that shame often yields psychologically unhealthy responses for those who feel it, and often motivates in them morally worse action than whatever occasioned the initial shame experience. Our interdisciplinary ethnographic study analyzes the shame experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) conservative Christians and the church members who once shamed them but are now allies. In this context, shame, humility, and proper pride work together amid hierarchies of social power to influence peoples’ motivation, ability, or lack thereof to love and care for others. Shame may catalyze virtue, but not where it has been imposed as a chronic disposition.

Comments

Accepted version. Journal of Moral Education, Vol. 48, No. 1 (November 14, 2018): 109-125. DOI. © 2018 Taylor & Francis (Routledge). Used with permission.

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