Growth and Guilt: Psychology and the Limits of Development

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The relentless exploitation of the earth's resources and technologys boundless growth are a matter of urgent concern. When did this race towards the limitless begin?
The Greeks, who shaped the basis of Western thinking, lived in mortal fear of humanity's hidden hunger for the infinite and referred to it as hubris, the one true sin in their moral code. Whoever desired or possessed too much was implacably punished by nemesis, yet the Greeks ...

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Overview

The relentless exploitation of the earth's resources and technologys boundless growth are a matter of urgent concern. When did this race towards the limitless begin?
The Greeks, who shaped the basis of Western thinking, lived in mortal fear of humanity's hidden hunger for the infinite and referred to it as hubris, the one true sin in their moral code. Whoever desired or possessed too much was implacably punished by nemesis, yet the Greeks themselves were to pioneer an unprecedented level of ambition that began to reverse that tabu.
If it is true that no culture can truly repudiate its origins, and that gods who are no longer potent can vanish but still leave behind a body of myth which coninues to live and assert itself in modernized garb, then our concern with the limits of growth reflects something more than an awareness of new technological problems - it also brings to light a psychic wound a a feeling of guilt which are infinitely more ancient.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415116619
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/17/1995
  • Pages: 248
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.51 (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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