Tag: Shame

Scotland’s Shame Why Lockerbie Still Matters

John Ashton, "Scotland’s Shame: Why Lockerbie Still Matters"
English | 2013 | ISBN: 1780271670 | EPUB | pages: 160 | 0.4 mb
The bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the small Scottish town of Lockerbie in December 1988 was one of the most notorious acts of terrorism in recent history. Its political and foreign policy repercussions have been enormous, and 25 years after the atrocity in which 270 lost their lives, debate still rages over the conviction of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, as well as his controversial release on compassionate grounds by Scotland’s SNP government in 2009. John Ashton argues that the guilty verdict, delivered by some of Scotland’s most senior judges, was perverse and irrational, and he details how prosecutors withheld numerous items of evidence that were favorable to Megrahi. The book accuses successive Scottish governments of turning their back on the scandal and pretending that the country’s treasured independent criminal justice system remains untainted. With numerous observers believing the Crown Office is out of control and the judiciary stuck in the last century, politicians must address these problems or their aspirations for Scotland to become a modern European social democracy are bound to fail.


Aristotle on Shame and Learning to Be Good

Marta Jimenez, "Aristotle on Shame and Learning to Be Good "
English | ISBN: 019882968X | 2021 | 224 pages | PDF | 2 MB
Marta Jimenez presents a novel interpretation of Aristotle’s account of the role of shame in moral development. Despite shame’s bad reputation as a potential obstacle to the development of moral autonomy, Jimenez argues that shame is for Aristotle the proto-virtue of those learning to be good, since it is the emotion that equips them with the seeds of virtue. Other emotions such as friendliness, righteous indignation, emulation, hope, and even spiritedness may play important roles on the road to virtue. However, shame is the only one that Aristotle repeatedly associates with moral progress. The reason is that shame can move young agents to perform good actions and avoid bad ones in ways that appropriately resemble not only the external behavior but also the orientation and receptivity to moral value characteristic of virtuous people.


Saving Shame Martyrs, Saints, and Other Abject Subjects

Virginia Burrus, "Saving Shame: Martyrs, Saints, and Other Abject Subjects"
English | 2013 | ISBN: 0812224272 | PDF | pages: 207 | 16.7 mb
Virginia Burrus explores one of the strongest and most disturbing aspects of the Christian tradition, its excessive preoccupation with shame. While Christianity has frequently been implicated in the conversion of ancient Mediterranean cultures from shame- to guilt-based and, thus, in the emergence of the modern West’s emphasis on guilt, Burrus seeks to recuperate the importance of shame for Christian culture. Focusing on late antiquity, she explores a range of fascinating phenomena, from the flamboyant performances of martyrs to the imagined abjection of Christ, from the self-humiliating disciplines of ascetics to the intimate disclosures of Augustine.