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Narrative identity, autonomy, and mortality : from Frankfurt and MacIntyre to Kierkegaard

Author: John J Davenport
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2012.
Series: Routledge studies in contemporary philosophy, 36.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the last two decades, interest in narrative conceptions of identity has grown exponentially, though there is little agreement about what a "life-narrative" might be. In connecting Kierkegaard with virtue ethics, several scholars have recently argued that narrative models of selves and MacIntyre's concept of the unity of a life help make sense of Kierkegaard's existential stages and, in particular, explain the  Read more...
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Named Person: Søren Kierkegaard; Søren Kierkegaard
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John J Davenport
ISBN: 9780415894135 0415894131 9780203125946 0203125940
OCLC Number: 694393723
Description: xv, 230 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Autonomy, Practical Identity, Self, and Character --
Narrative Realism about Practical Identity --
Narrative Unity, Autonomy, and Kierkegaard's Aesthetic-Ethical Distinction --
Kierkegaardian Wholeheartedness: Purity of Heart versus Doublemindedness --
Selves in Time before Death: Kierkegaardian Religious Narrative Unity.
Series Title: Routledge studies in contemporary philosophy, 36.
Responsibility: John J. Davenport.

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"In the last two decades, interest in narrative conceptions of identity has grown exponentially, though there is little agreement about what a "life-narrative" might be. In connecting Kierkegaard with virtue ethics, several scholars have recently argued that narrative models of selves and MacIntyre's concept of the unity of a life help make sense of Kierkegaard's existential stages and, in particular, explain the transition from "aesthetic" to "ethical" modes of life. But others have recently raised difficult questions both for these readings of Kierkegaard and for narrative accounts of identity that draw on the work of MacIntyre in general. While some of these objections concern a strong kind of unity or "wholeheartedness" among an agent's long-term goals or cares, the fundamental objection raised by critics is that personal identity cannot be a narrative, since stories are artifacts made by persons. In this book, Davenport defends the narrative approach to practical identity and autonomy in general, and to Kierkegaard's stages in particular."--Publisher's website.
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"The account of narrative practical identity presented in this book is nuanced, sophisticated, and answers many of the objections given to specific versions elsewhere. Although it leaves room for Read more...

 
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