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The Unknown Distance

From Consciousness to Conscience—Goethe to Camus

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674333239

Publication Date: 11/01/1972

288 pages


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  • Introduction
  • I. Conscience and Consciousness: Dualism or Unity?
    • Etymology
    • The Historical and Philosophical Foreground
    • The Three Trees: Good, Evil, and Knowledge
    • The Possibilities of Consciousness
  • II. The Price of Consciousness: Goethe’s Faust and Byron’s Manfred
    • The Conscience of Manfred
    • The Consciousness of Faust
  • III. The Risks of Consciousness: Goethe’s Werther and Wordsworth’s Prelude
    • Werther’s Distempered Idyl
    • Wordsworth’s Tempered Idyl
  • IV. Some Versions of Consciousness and Egotism: Hegel, Dostoevsky’s Underground Man, and Peer Gynt
    • Preliminary Note
    • The Underground Man and Hegel’s “Unhappy Consciousness” and “The Beautiful Soul”
    • Peer Gynt: Consciousness and Affirmative Egotism
  • V. Consciousness and Will: Poe and Mann
    • Will: The Struggle Will: The Defeat (Buddenbrooks)
  • VI. The Tyranny of Conscience: Arnold, James, and Conrad’s Lord Jim
    • Arnold’s Search for a “Cultured” Zarathustra
    • James’s Renunciation Fables: Roderick Hudson, an Example
    • Lord Jim’s “Romantic Conscience”
  • VII. Towards a Genealogy of the Modern Problem: Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Freud
  • VIII. A Case of Conscience: Kafka’s The Trial, Hesse’s Steppenwolf, and Camus’s The Fall
    • The Judicial Conscience Drama of Josef K. and Hegel’s Version of the Trial of Socrates
    • Harry Hailer’s Second Bildung
    • The Fortunate Fall of Jean-Baptiste Clamence
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Index

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