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Ken Moore

Dear Josh,
I'm afraid I must disagree. This may be just arguing semantics, a favorite activity of students, but I think it is more than that. I see guilt as a personal internal recognition of wrongful acts or conditions. I see shame as a corporate external discernment of such acts or conditions of others.
As an example, I steal your ipod, realize that it is wrong, and I feel guilt. Or, I don't feel guilt, continue stealing ipods, but get caught and the shame is pronounced on me by my family, friends, community, society etc.
I believe the concept of shame is still useful especially concerning those who should feel guilt but do not and show no inclination towards repentence.
Philosophically yours,
Ken

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