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Conscience: An Interdisciplinary View: Salzburg Colloquium on Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (Theory and Decision Library A:)


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ISBN 10: 9027724520 / ISBN 13: 9789027724526
Published by Springer, 1987
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Title: Conscience: An Interdisciplinary View: ...

Publisher: Springer

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1987.

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Value change and uncertainty about the validity of traditional moral convictions are frequently observed when scientific re­ search confronts us with new moral problems or challenges the moral responsibility of the scientist. Which ethics is to be relied on? Which principles are the most reasonable, the most humane ones? For want of an appropriate answer, moral authorities of­ ten point to conscience, the individual conscience, which seems to be man's unique, directly accessible and final source of moral contention. But what is meant by 'conscience'? There is hardly a notion as widely used and at the same time as controversial as that of conscience. In the history of ethics we can distinguish several trends in the interpretation of the concept and function of conscience. The Greeks used the word O"uvEt81lm~ to denote a kind of 'accompa­ nying knowledge' that mostly referred to negatively experienced behavior. In Latin, the expression conscientia meant a knowing­ together pointing beyond the individual consciousness to the common knowledge of other people. In the Bible, especially in the New Testament, O"uvEt81l0"t~ is used for the guiding con­ sciousness of the morality of one's own action.


`This book presents an excellent overview of theoretical and empirical issues in the investigation of conscience. ... a rich source of integrative modern thinking. I would like to recommend this book to students and scholars in philosophy, education, social and comparison of the important notions of human sciences, and to all those who are concerned about the responsibility of mankind in the face of political and ecological trends endangering this world of ours.'
Prof. Dr. Fritz Oser, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

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