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Shame
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[German Version]

I. Religious Studies

A sense of shame is a fundamental element of being human. It is a social feeling that ensues when one becomes aware of a shortcoming that might offend others. Unlike a sense of guilt, it does not presuppose an actual transgression. Shame is therefore not just a concomitant of behavior subject to social condemnation, such as violation of a sexual taboo, dishonesty, cowardice, or disloyalty; it is also a reac…

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Baudy, Dorothea and Huxel, Kirsten, “Shame”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024718>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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