The Genesis of Shame

@article{Velleman2001TheGO,
  title={The Genesis of Shame},
  author={J. David Velleman},
  journal={Philosophy \& Public Affairs},
  year={2001},
  volume={30},
  pages={27 - 52}
}
  • J. Velleman
  • Published 1 December 2001
  • History, Psychology
  • Philosophy & Public Affairs
“And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” So ends Chapter 2 of Genesis. Chapter 3 narrates the Fall and its aftermath: “The eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” Presumably, they made themselves aprons to cover their nakedness, because they were now ashamed. Why were Adam and Eve ashamed? And why hadn't they been ashamed before? The text of Genesis 3 suggests that they… 
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