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Kwame Anthony Appiah – The Honor Code (2010)

If you adhere to an honor code, you’ll not only respond with respect to those who keep it, you’ll respond with contempt to those who don’t. So, if you yourself meet the standards, you’ll have self-respect; and if you yourself fall short, you will have contempt for yourself, which is shame. If someone doesn’t feel shame when they fail (or, at least, when they fail badly) that shows they don’t adhere to the code. We say that they are shameless.

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