Against the Grain

The Political Uses of Shame

Can an intensely private emotion like shame – for who one is, or what one has done – serve as an impetus for political engagement? Drawing on Hannah Arendt’s writings on Jewish politics, Manu Samnotra ascribes a political role to shame; he argues that shame can motivate people to create political spaces and engage in political action.

Manu Samnotra, Worldly Shame: Ethos in Action Lexington Books, 2020


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