An Intelligent Person's Guide to Modern Guilt

An Intelligent Person's Guide to Modern Guilt

by Paul Oppenheimer


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An Intelligent Person's Guide to Modern Guilt by Paul Oppenheimer

Guilt makes no compromises. One may be a little in love or a little bit angry, but the idea of degrees of guilt is meaningless. Any guilt, whether of the emotional, religious or legal variety, is fiendishly intense. The word itself points to a mysterious intensity of indebtedness, and this with an absolution extraordinary in human affairs.

This book aims to go to the heart of the mystery. Its theme, that of the absolutism of guilt, is explored from a variety of different perspectives and through a series of anecdotes. The author examines the sources of the word "guilt"

languages and cultures without the concept of guilt

the religious importance and meaning of guilt, in Judaism, Christianity and other religions

psychological investigations of guilt, by Freud and Jung, among others

guilt and criminal behaviour

guilt and mourning

the effect of guilt as a creative stimulant in modern times, on literature, art, politics, law and film

and the mysterious persistence of guilt in modern secular societies

Throughout, the text is supported with quotations from authors ancient and modern.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780715627594
Publisher: Duckworth Publishers
Publication date: 05/31/1997
Series: Intelligent Person's Guides
Pages: 127

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