Conscience in Moral Life: Rethinking How Our Convictions Structure Self and Society

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The notion of conscience remains one of the most widely used moral concepts and a cornerstone of ordinary moral thinking. This book explores where this widespread confidence in conscience stems from, examining the history of conscience as a moral concept and its characteristic moral phenomenology.
Jason Howard provides a comprehensive reassessment of the function of conscience in moral life, detailing along the way the manifold problems that arise when we believe our conscience is more reliable than is actually warranted.

The result is a step-by-step evaluation of our most accepted assumptions. Howard goes on to argue, from a phenomenological perspective, that conscience is indispensable for understanding moral experience. He capitalizes on a dialectical perspective developed by Hegel and Ricoeur, in which conscience is seen as the recognition of the other, and integrates this with work in the philosophy of emotion, arguing that conscience is best seen in terms of the function it serves in moderating the moral emotions of shame, guilt and pride.

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Jason J. Howard is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Viterbo University, La Crosse, USA. He has published articles on Hegel, Kant, and Schelling, as well as in the areas of philosophy of emotion, moral education, aesthetics, and the philosophy of film.

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This is a smart, timely, compelling book. Howard persuasively argues that the convoluted history of conscience is responsible for some of our thorniest moral puzzles: both theoretical puzzles (for instance about moral emotions) and extremely concrete puzzles about US constitutional law and universal health care. Both historically illuminating and genuinely relevant to contemporary ethical thought. (Lydia Moland, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Colby College)

This is an impressive study of conscience as both a thought-provoking and indispensable moral concept. It brings scholarly weight and philosophical intelligence to bear on conscience as a somewhat neglected theme in moral philosophy ... Very thoughtful, philosophically provocative, and warmly recommended. (William Desmond, David Cook Chair in Philosophy, Villanova University, USA)

This very well-written and timely book focuses on a concept that is central to our day-to-day moral thinking: ‘conscience’. Drawing on the work of thinkers such as Hegel, Ricoeur and Rawls, the author offers an original and carefully-reasoned account of the nature, history and functions of conscience ... The result is a work of deep scholarship, which forms the basis of a much-need applied philosophy and which has relevance across academic disciplines. (Patrick Costello, former professor of Primary Education, Glyndwr University Wrexham, UK)

In this masterful work, Jason J. Howard argues that conscience is necessary for comprehending moral experience ... [his] text will become the point of departure for all future work on conscience. (J.M. Fritzman, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Lewis and Clark College)

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