ABSTRACT

Honor is a multiphenomenal category of concepts that, as a system, hierarchically structures society when an Other inscribes value onto an individual. To study honor, one must study value, virtue, law, and all of the social sciences. It is a subtle concept whose infl uential tendrils extend well beyond its understanding in common usage. Honor, when elevated to a wholly inclusive level of abstraction, binds individuals together and forms society, but it also tears them apart. Honor provides a novel lens through which politics can be viewed and interpreted, but it is actively being diminished within the academy.