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Growth and Guilt : Psychology and the Limits of Development - Luigi Zoja

Growth and Guilt

Psychology and the Limits of Development

By: Luigi Zoja, Henry Martin (Translator)

Paperback Published: 5th January 1995
ISBN: 9780415116619
Number Of Pages: 248

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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 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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""Growth and Guilt is an outstanding book of vision and scholarship, stylishly written and skillfully translated from Italian. It is an ocean of western thought distilled into one volume." -"The Economist "Zoja's book--richly instructive and strongly felt--takes on the great question of all western psychology: its devotion to expansion. By placing personal psychology and all the therapies within the limits of western history, culture and myth, Zoja shows the millenial denial of limits--hence our concomitant haunting guilt. A truly basic book; it can change your mind." -James Hillman

p. 1
The Myth of Growth, the Myth of Limitsp. 3
Towards a Psychological Territoryp. 13
The Limits of Endeavor in Non-Western Culturesp. 20
p. 33
The Egoism of the Archaic Godsp. 35
The Greek Sense of Limitsp. 46
History Begins to Movep. 62
New Horizonsp. 81
p. 115
Continuity and Transformation: from the Sense of Limits to the Hunger for Infinityp. 117
The Continuity of the Myth of Limits: Greek Storiesp. 130
The Continuity of the Myth of Limits: Western Storiesp. 142
p. 157
The Site of the Crisisp. 159
Routes Towards Reconstructionp. 174
Death, Depression and Guiltp. 185
Notesp. 192
Primary Sources and Bibliographical Notep. 218
Referencesp. 220
Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9780415116619
ISBN-10: 0415116619
Series: Studies; 13
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 5th January 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1