The Philosophy of Autobiography by Christopher Cowley

By Christopher Cowley

We reside via a increase in autobiographical writing. each half-famous megastar, each flesh presser, each activities hero—even the non-famous, these days, pour out pages and pages, fb publish after fb submit, approximately themselves. Literary theorists have spotted, because the genres of “creative nonfiction” and “life writing” have came upon their buy within the academy. and naturally psychologists have lengthy been attracted to self-disclosure. yet the place have the philosophers been? With this quantity, Christopher Cowley brings them into the conversation.


Cowley and his members exhibit that whereas philosophers have appeared tired of autobiography, they've got really lengthy been preoccupied with a lot of its conceptual parts, concerns similar to the character of the self, the issues of interpretation and realizing, the paradoxes of self-deception, and the which means and narrative constitution of human lifestyles. yet hardly have philosophers introduced those jointly into an overarching query approximately what it capacity to inform one’s lifestyles tale or comprehend another’s. Tackling those questions, the participants discover the connection among autobiography and literature; among story-telling, wisdom, and company; and among the prior and the current, alongside the way in which enticing such concerns as autobiographical ethics and the obligation of writing. the end result bridges long-standing debates and illuminates attention-grabbing new philosophical and literary concerns.  

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