Keshen presents a set of guidelines for analysing self-esteem and examines various factors that influence our self-esteem, such as other people's evaluations, comparisons with others, social relationships, and inherent qualities. He asserts that self-esteem not founded on individual achievement leads to a continual search for external supports and is easily shaken when such supports are not found. A key element of Keshen's argument is the idea of egalitarian respect, and he shows how we can integrate this idea into our lives. Reasonable Self-Esteem demonstrates the attraction of a life in which reasonableness is a central commitment. It will appeal to those with an interest in philosophy, ethics, and moral psychology and is essential reading for those concerned with self-esteem.
Part 1 Reasons for self-esteem: self-esteem and the reasonable person; reflected reasons; competitive reasons; identification reasons; inherent reasons. Part 2 Elements in a way of life: finding meaning in reasonableness; egalitarian respect; "I do not count for less"; "I do not count for more...".