The Aesthetics of Autonomy

The Aesthetics of Autonomy : Ricoeur and Sartre on Emancipation, Authenticity, and Selfhood

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Sartre and Ric/ur have never been compared in detail before, as hermeneutics and existentialism have been wrongly pitted against each other. The Aesthetics of Autonomy demonstrates that an existential hermeneutics overcomes the respective limitations of each philosopher and gives us the necessary tools of seeking autonomy in an age of uncertainty, which is the globalized more

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  • Hardback | 166 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739112589
  • 9780739112588

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Dr. Erfani's book on Sartre and Ric/ur is a welcome re-reading, together, of two relatively neglected thinkers, with a view of appropriating what is most valuable in each for understanding the challenges posed by globalization to the newly 'fragile' subjects of an increasingly complex, globalized world. It will appeal to those individuals who are nevertheless interested in creatively rescuing a sense of autonomy and selfhood-an aesthetic path to an autonomous self-from oblivion at a time when heteronomy appears to be increasingly the rule in various domains. With insight and humour, Erfani demonstrates that these thinkers' conceptions of imagination and creativity, together with a sensitivity for the constitutive role of narrative for individual subjects, can revitalize our own floundering attempts to rise above the restrictions of the nation state while still clinging to the protection it supposedly affords one from global, multi-national corporate power. -- Bert Olivier, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Universityshow more

About Farhang Erfani

Farhang Erfani is assistant professor of philosophy at American University and research associate at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan more

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter 1. Can the Revolutionary Agent Ski? On Sartre's Methodology Chapter 2. Dialectics of Sedimentation and Innovation: On Ric/ur's Methodology Chapter 3. Giving Style to One's Life: Existentialist Narrative Ethics Chapter 4. From Ideology to Dark Utopia Conclusion: "Imagine There's No Countries"show more