Abstract for O’Brien’s Talk

The standing literature on shame suggests we need to choose between taking shame to involve a construal of oneself as having failed to meet the demands of one’s own personal ethics and ideals, or as occasioned by no more than consciousness of oneself as exposed to another. In this talk I argue that this is not our choice. I go on to propose a view of shame on which it is a form of consciousness of oneself as being expelled or degraded by the social group of which one is a part.