First published in 1985, this book provides a stimulating series of inter-connected essays which address the theme of shame, which, unlike the problem of conscience, has been seldom discussed by moral philosophers. The essays focus on the ethical regulation of human action and judgement, examining both its constant and varying elements and concentrating on contemporary types of moral regulation. Professor Heller uses Aristotelian categories, such as the good life, in her discourse to present a new conception of rationality, distinguishing between shame regulation and conscience regulation of moral conduct, and arguing that shame regulation cannot be completely overcome even in an age of rationalism.
1. The Power of Shame
2. Paradigm of Work – Paradigm of Production
3. Everyday Life, Rationality of Reason, Rationality of Intellect
4. Rationality and Democracy
5. Can ‘True’ and ‘False’ Needs be Posited?
6. The Dissatisfied Society
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