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On diffidence : the moral psychology of self-belief.

Smith, R .D. (2006) 'On diffidence : the moral psychology of self-belief.', Journal of philosophy of education., 40 (1). pp. 51-62.


The language of self-belief, including terms like shyness and diffidence, is complex and puzzling. The idea of self-esteem in particular, which has been given fresh currency by recent interest in 'personalised learning', continues to create problems. I argue first that we need a 'thicker' and more subtle moral psychology of self-belief; and, secondly, that there is a radical instability in the ideas and concepts in this area, an instability to which justice needs to be done. I suggest that aspects of deconstruction are helpful here, and offer a deconstructive reading of Kipling's poem, If—, in order to illustrate the power of literature and a certain kind of philosophy to destabilise and resist closure.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Self-esteem, Shyness.
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