Growth and Guilt: Psychology and the Limits of Development

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The increasing exploitation of the planet has become the subject of ever more frequent debates on the limits of growth and development. However until now studies have dealt primarily with the technological aspects. Is it truly possible to deal with the excesses of our civilization without lending attention to the psychological dimension? Luigi Zoja argues that the crux of the problem is not, surely, to be found in encounters with external limits; we must also and primarily be aware of a principle of self-limitation that we have to exercise if unchecked growth is not to turn cancerous.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415116602
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Pages: 248
  • Lexile: 1410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I The problem
1 The Myth of Growth, the Myth of Limits 3
2 Towards a Psychological Territory 13
3 The Limits of Endeavor in Non-Western Cultures 20
Pt. II The Hellenic past
4 The Egoism of the Archaic Gods 35
5 The Greek Sense of Limits 46
6 History Begins to Move 62
7 New Horizons 81
Pt. III From the Greeks to the Present
8 Continuity and Transformation: From the Sense of Limits to the Hunger for Infinity 117
9 The Continuity of the Myth of Limits: Greek Stories 130
10 The Continuity of the Myth of Limits: Western Stories 142
Pt. IV Nemesis Returns
11 The Site of the Crisis 159
12 Routes Towards Reconstruction 174
13 Death, Depression and Guilt 185
Notes 192
Primary sources and bibliographical note 219
References 221
Index 227
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