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Shame and Courage at the Collapse of Civilization [00:54:45]
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From the Katz Lectures in the Humanities: "A culture will typically educate its members from childhood about what acts are shameful and which are courageous. But it is these very standards that come into question when a way of life becomes threatened. For those who have the historical bad luck to live through such a period, what are appropriate ways of finding one’s bearings? This is an extraordinarily difficult question to answer because at such a time the standard modes of practical reasoning will themselves be in question. Jonathan Lear shows how a philosophical and psychoanalytic perspective can make crucial contributions to our understanding of how we construct, change, and live with basic values."
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