The Concept of Conscience in Today’s Empirical Psychology and in the Documents of the Second Vatican Council
Conscience is a central factor in human behaviour, and as such it reflects the complexity of the human personality. Hence its proper understanding requires the contribution of the various disciplines which are concerned with the study of man. In this respect two disciplines which contribute much towards a proper understanding of conscience are psychology, which focuses on the ‚phenomenological‘ aspect of human behaviour, and theology, which focuses on the ‚transcendental‘ dimension of the human person.
Hence, Thomas Srampickal analyses ‚Conscience‘ in the light of the contribution of Empirical Psychology and of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. I whole-heartedly welcome this important and critical study, which has been accepted by the Alfonsian Academy, Rome, as dissertation for doctorate in Moral Theology, and do hope that it will contribute towards a more realistic and deeper understanding of the reality of conscience.
EMPIRICAL PSYCHOLOGY AND THE PHENOMENON OF CONSCIENCE
Empirical Method in the Study of Conscience 5
The Cognitive Developmental Approaches to Conscience 12
The Identification Theory of Conscience 106
The Learning-Theory Approaches to Conscience 206
A Comparative View of the Empirical Theories of Conscience
THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF THE EMPIRICAL APPROACHES
The Cognitive-Developmental Theory 264
Theories of Identification 279
The Principles of Learning Theory 289
A CRITICAL EVALUATION OF THE EMPIRICAL STUDY OF CONSCIENCE
Contributions and Drawbacks of the Empirical Approaches to Conscience 308
THE CONCEPT OF CONSCIENCE IN THE DOCUMENTS OF THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL
Descriptions and References Relating to Conscience in the Documents of the Council 344
THE CONCEPT OF CONSCIENCE IN TODAY’S EMPIRICAL PSYCHOLOGY AND
IN THE DOCUMENTS OF THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL
The Empirical and the Conciliar Concepts of Conscience: A Synthetic View 378
Srampickal, Thomas: The Concept of Conscience in Today’s Empirical Psychology and in the Documents of the Second Vatican Council. Innsbruck: Resch, 1976 (Personation and Psychotherapy; 2), XVI, 410 S., ISBN 978-3-85382-002-5, Brosch., EUR 13.90 [D], 14.32 [A], vergriffen!