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Author Bruckner, Pascal.

Title The tyranny of guilt [electronic resource] : an essay on Western masochism / Pascal Bruckner ; translated from the French by Steven Rendall.

Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2010.


Location Call No. Status
Uniform title Tyrannie de la pénitence. English
Physical description 1 online resource (xi, 239 pages)
Series Books at JSTOR All Purchased
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Guilt peddlers -- The irremediable and despondency -- The ideology that stammers -- The self-flagellants of the Western world -- A thirst for punishment -- The pathologies of debt -- Placing the enemy in one's heart -- The vanities of self-hatred -- One-way repentance -- The false quarrel over Islamophobia -- Innocence recovered -- How central is the Near East? -- "Zionism, the criminal DNA of humanity" -- Unmasking the usurper -- A delicate arbitrage -- The doubly damned -- The fanaticism of modesty -- A tardy conversion to virtue -- The empire of emptiness -- The pacification of the past -- The guilty imagination -- Recovering self-esteem -- The twofold lesson -- The second Golgotha -- Misinterpretations of Auschwitz -- Hitlerizing history -- The twofold colonial nostalgia -- Listen to my suffering -- On victimization as a career -- Protect minorities or emancipate the individual? -- What duty of memory? -- Depression in paradise : France, a symptom and caricature of Europe -- A universal victim? -- The wild ass's skin -- Who are the reactionaries? -- The triumph of fear -- Metamorphosis or decline? -- Doubt and faith : the quarrel between Europe and the United States -- To be or to have -- The troublemakers in history -- The archaism of the soldier -- The swaggering Colossus.
Summary Fascism, communism, genocide, slavery, racism, imperialism--the West has no shortage of reasons for guilt. And, indeed, since the Holocaust and the end of World War II, Europeans in particular have been consumed by remorse. But Pascal Bruckner argues that guilt has now gone too far. It has become a pathology, and even an obstacle to fighting today's atrocities. Bruckner, one of France's leading writers and public intellectuals, argues that obsessive guilt has obscured important realities. The West has no monopoly on evil, and has destroyed monsters as well as created them--leading in the aboli.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Civilization, Western -- 20th century.
Civilization, Western -- 21st century.
International relations -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Self-hate (Psychology)
World politics.
Western countries -- Foreign relations.
Western countries -- Intellectual life.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781400834310 (electronic bk.)
1400834317 (electronic bk.)
Standard Number 9786612531484