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- DescriptionWe are living through a boom in autobiographical writing. Every half-famous celebrity, every politician, every sports hero-even the n-famous, wadays, pour out pages and pages, Facebook post after Facebook post, about themselves. Literary theorists have ticed, as the genres of creative nfiction and life writing have found their purchase in the academy. And of course psychologists have long been interested in self-disclosure. But where have the philosophers been? With this volume, Christopher Cowley brings them into the conversation. Cowley and his contributors show that while philosophers have seemed uninterested in autobiography, they have actually long been preoccupied with many of its conceptual elements, issues such as the nature of the self, the problems of interpretation and understanding, the paradoxes of self-deception, and the meaning and narrative structure of human life. But rarely have philosophers brought these together into an overarching question about what it means to tell one's life story or understand ather's. Tackling these questions, the contributors explore the relationship between autobiography and literature; between story-telling, kwledge, and agency; and between the past and the present, along the way engaging such issues as autobiographical ethics and the duty of writing. The result bridges long-standing debates and illuminates fascinating new philosophical and literary issues.
- Author BiographyChristopher Cowley is a lecturer in philosophy at University College Dublin and the author of Medical Ethics: Ordinary Concepts, Ordinary Lives.
- Author(s)Christopher Cowley
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication27/10/2015
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Weight499 g
- Width152 mm
- Height231 mm
- Spine20 mm
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