Through Narcissus' Glass Darkly Hardback

The Modern Religion of Conscience

by David S. Pacini;

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Through Narcissus' Glass Darkly

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"Through Narcissus' Glass Darkly" presents a genealogy and critique of the ideal of conscience in modern philosophical theology, particularly in the writings of Hobbes, Rousseau, and Kant. It shows why the apparently emancipatory rejection of heteronomy compromised the ideal of self-legislated freedom.Left to itself, the conscientious individual has only the world it legitimates through self-relating. But given that any other world is inconceivable, the conscientious individual can never know whether its world is just or merely the expression of self-interest. Paradoxically, Pacini argues, the most formidable proponents of the modern religion of conscience share with their critics a common problem: the self-legislating self has become both indispensable and impossible within much of modern philosophy and theology. This unique and interdisciplinary interpretation of conscience makes an important contribution for scholars and students of modern philosophy, Christian theology, psychoanalytic theory, and literary criticism.

Through Narcissus' Glass Darkly by David S. Pacini was published by Fordham University Press in December 2008. The ISBN for Through Narcissus' Glass Darkly is 9780823229642.

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Details for Through Narcissus' Glass Darkly

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherFordham University Press (December 2008)
Number of Pages224
Thickness20 mm
Height229 mm
Width157 mm
Product Code1246634
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