1 Nov, 2007 170 Ethics

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss morality by taking a long hard look at the idea of guilt. The 18th century politician and philosopher Edmund Burke was once moved to comment: “Guilt was never a rational thing; it distorts all the faculties of the human mind, it perverts them, it leaves a man no longer in the free use of his reason, it puts him into confusion.”Guilt is a legal category but also a psychological state and a moral idea. Over the centuries theologians, philosophers and psychologists have tried to determine how it relates to morality, reason and the workings of the mind? The answers seem to cut deeply into our understanding of what it is to be human.

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  • Stephen Mulhall 8 episodes
    Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at New College, Oxford
  • Miranda Fricker 4 episodes
    Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London
  • Oliver Davies No other episodes
    Professor of Christian Doctrine at King's College London

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