How Do We Know Who We Are?

How Do We Know Who We Are? : The Biography of the Self

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The ways biographers bring their subjects to life are not unlike the methods psychiatrists use to uncover the self of a patient or from the ways we construct our own personal identity. Following this premise, Arnold Ludwig conducted 21 in-depth interviews with some of the most distinguished biographers working today to better examine the nature of self. Filled with comments from a group of professional biographers, along with his own clinical observations, this study explores how we construct our sense of self and investigates the personal myths that sustain us and give our lives meaning. This book is intended for a general audience and academics and students in the field of psychiatry and psychology.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1 halftone, bibliography, index
  • 0195095731
  • 9780195095739

Table of contents

Prologue; 1. The "Real" Marilyn; 2. Peer Gynt's Odyssey; 3. Masquerade; 4. Existing on Different Planes; 5. Living Backwards; 6. The Philosopher's Stone; 7. Psychoanalyzing Freud; 8. How Did Hitler Live with Himself?; 9. What Madness Reveals; 10. Other Versions of the Self; 11. Biographical Freedom; Indexshow more

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"How Do We Know Who We Are is as stimulating and provocative an inquiry into the vexed question of the self, from the linked points of view of the psychiatrist's science and the biographer's art, as we have seen in recent years. Dr. Ludwig brings to the process not only his learning and complex experience as a psychiatrist but also a deep sympathy for and genuine understanding of the thorny challenges facing the serious biographer. Everyone interested in the field of biography, or the even more far-reaching problem of locating and then representing the self, should find this book both challenging and satisfying."--Arnold Rampersad, author of The Life of Langston Hughes and The Art and Imagination of W.E.B. DuBois "How Do We Know Who We Are is as stimulating and provocative an inquiry into the vexed question of the self, from the linked points of view of the psychiatrist's science and the biographer's art, as we have seen in recent years. Dr. Ludwig brings to the process not only his learning and complex experience as a psychiatrist but also a deep sympathy for and genuine understanding of the thorny challenges facing the serious biographer. Everyone interested in the field of biography, or the even more far-reaching problem of locating and then representing the self, should find this book both challenging and satisfying."--Arnold Rampersad, author of The Life of Langston Hughes and The Art and Imagination of W.E.B. DuBois "How Do We Know Who We Are is as stimulating and provocative an inquiry into the vexed question of the self, from the linked points of view of the psychiatrist's science and the biographer's art, as we have seen in recent years. Dr. Ludwig brings to the process not only his learning and complex experience as a psychiatrist but also a deep sympathy for and genuine understanding of the thorny challenges facing the serious biographer. Everyone interested in the field of biography, or the even more far-reaching problem of locating and then representing the self, should find this book both challenging and satisfying."--Arnold Rampersad, author of The Life of Langston Hughes and The Art and Imagination of W.E.B. DuBois "How Do We Know Who We Are is as stimulating and provocative an inquiry into the vexed question of the self, from the linked points of view of the psychiatrist's science and the biographer's art, as we have seen in recent years. Dr. Ludwig brings to the process not only his learning and complexexperience as a psychiatrist but also a deep sympathy for and genuine understanding of the thorny challenges facing the serious biographer. Everyone interested in the field of biography, or the even more far-reaching problem of locating and then representing the self, should find this book bothchallenging and satisfying."--Arnold Rampersad, author of The Life of Langston Hughes and The Art and Imagination of W.E.B. DuBoisshow more

About Arnold M. Ludwig

About the Author: Arnold Ludwig, author of the acclaimed The Price of Greatness, is E.A. Edwards Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.show more

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