Shame as a Resonant Emotion. The Case of Autism Spectrum Disorder


  • Valeria Bizzari Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná
  • Adrian Spremberg



Shame. Autism. Embodiment. Intercroporeality. Interaffectivity.


In this paper, drawing on phenomenological and clinical literature, we will describe shame as a resonant emotion where the subjects involved are intertwined with one another thanks to two pre-reflective features of selfhood: embodiment and common sense. Furthermore, we will pay particular attention to the notion of intercorporeality, as it reflects the fact that our self, since birth, is essentially relational and embodied. In doing so, we will use the case of autism spectrum disorder as a paradigmatic situation and we will claim that the difficulties experienced by autistic subjects in feeling shame (and other complex emotions) are primarily due to the lack or the impairments in the domains of intercorporeality and common sense. In this view, shame reveals its complex nature and it is synonymous with a bodily and essentially relational emotion.


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Biografia do Autor

Valeria Bizzari, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná

Doutor em Filosofia pela Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, UFSC;

Professor do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Filosofia Mestrado e Doutorado da PUCPR;

Professor do Departamento de Filosofia da FAE Centro Universitário.


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Bizzari, V., & Spremberg, A. (2019). Shame as a Resonant Emotion. The Case of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Revista De Filosofia Aurora, 31(54).