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The Bad Conscience
Author: Vladimir Jankelevitch

ISBN: 9780226009537
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 28 October 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.91
One of the most distinctive figures in twentieth-century French philosophy, Vladimir Jankelevitch (1903-1985), is becoming increasingly known to the English-speaking world. The Bad Conscience, which focuses on remorse, is central to his moral philosophy. Indeed, Jankelevitch finds the foundation of ethics in our experience of ?the bad conscience" or remorse. Unlike repentance, remorse arises out of the realization that we can never undo what has been done in the past; it will remain and be a part of us forever. This bad conscience gives rise to scruples in us and, in doing so, makes us aware of our freedom and the responsibility that our freedom entails. According to Jankelevitch, most ethical theories and systems shield us from remorse. This is unfortunate because, in his view, the very experience of remorse provides the seeds to overcome it. In the end, the overcoming of remorse?as the result of a gratuitous act?is accompanied by true joy. In many ways The Bad Conscience and Jankelevitch's Forgiveness (Chicago 2005) represent philosophical ?bookends." For Jankelevitch, remorse is a condition or sta...

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