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The Resource Conscience : a biography, Martin van Creveld

Conscience : a biography, Martin van Creveld

Label
Conscience : a biography
Title
Conscience
Title remainder
a biography
Statement of responsibility
Martin van Creveld
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Many of us consider conscience one of the most important (if not the fundamental) quality that makes us human, distinguishing us from animals, on the one hand, and machines on the other. But what is conscience, exactly? Is it a product of our biological roots, as Darwin thought, or is it a purely social invention? If the latter, how did it come into the world? In this biography of that most elusive human element, Martin van Creveld explores conscience throughout history, ranging across numerous subjects, from human rights to health to the environment. Along the way he considers the evolution of conscience in its myriad, occasionally strange and ever-surprising permutations. The Old Testament (erroneously, it turns out) is normally seen as the fountainhead from which the Western idea of conscience has sprung, while Antigone was the first person on record to explicitly speak of conscience. The story of conscience involves the philosophers Zeno, Cicero and Seneca; Christian thinkers such as Paul, Augustine, Aquinas and, above all, Martin Luther; and modern intellectual giants such as Machiavelli, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche and Freud. Individual chapters are devoted to Japan, China and even the Nazis, as well as the most recent discoveries in robotics and neuroscience and how they have contributed to the ways we think about our own morality. Ultimately, van Creveld shows that conscience remains as elusive as ever, a continuously mysterious voice that guides how we think about right and wrong.--
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
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Van Creveld, Martin
Dewey number
170
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Conscience
  • Conscience
Label
Conscience : a biography, Martin van Creveld
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
I. At the beginning -- II. The Christian centuries -- III. From Machiavelli to Nietzsche -- IV. Life without God -- V. Conscience in the Third Reich -- VI. Idols old and new -- VII. The man-machine
Control code
FIEb17673227
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
285 pages
Isbn
9781780234540
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)891612982
Label
Conscience : a biography, Martin van Creveld
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
I. At the beginning -- II. The Christian centuries -- III. From Machiavelli to Nietzsche -- IV. Life without God -- V. Conscience in the Third Reich -- VI. Idols old and new -- VII. The man-machine
Control code
FIEb17673227
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
285 pages
Isbn
9781780234540
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)891612982

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