Narrative Identity and Personal Responsibility

Narrative Identity and Personal Responsibility

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The exploration of personal identity and theories of narrative in Narrative Identity and Personal Responsibility is extraordinarily suggestive, resulting in implications for theories of action as well as ethics and psychology. Taking seriously the thought that we mediate our relations with the world by means of self-defining narratives grounded in the natural phenomenon of desire provides new answers to old puzzles of what it means to be human.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739125931
  • 9780739125939
  • 2,203,928

About Linda Ethell

Linda Ethell is currently an honorary research fellow at the University of Melbourne.
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Review quote

The book is original in the contemporary philosophical landscape in that it is a critique of the concepts of the 'moral praise' and 'moral blame', concepts that dominate the analytical debate on moral responsibility... The main point of Ethell's book is particularly interesting in the current philosophical climate, because it introduces the idea of the otherness or difference of human beings into the debate on moral responsibility. Ethell convincingly demonstrates that because people possess personal identities moral praise and blame must be understood as equivocal. Ethical Perspectives
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part One. Frankfurt, Taylor, and Self-Evaluation Chapter 3 Chapter One. Frankfurt and Second-Order Evaluation Chapter 4 Chapter Two. The Rational Wanton Chapter 5 Chapter Three. Charles Taylor and the Nature of Desire Part 6 Part Two. Desire and the Formation of Personal Identity Chapter 7 Chapter Four. Desire and Personal Identity Chapter 8 Chapter Five. The Value of Fantasy Chapter 9 Chapter Six. Self-Knowledge and Narrative Chapter 10 Chapter Seven. Responsibility for Self Part 11 Part Three. A Defense of Empathy Chapter 12 Chapter Eight. Plato on Mimesis Chapter 13 Chapter Nine. Vicarious Emotion and Pleasure Chapter 14 Chapter Ten. Aristotle on Mimesis: Aesthetic Pleasure Part 15 Part Four. Narrative Identity Chapter 16 Chapter Eleven. Ways of Being Chapter 17 Chapter Twelve. Description, Interpretation, and Evaluation Chapter 18 Chapter Thirteen. Exemption from Responsibility Part 19 Part Five. Freedom and Resentment Chapter 20 Chapter Fourteen. P.F. Strawson Chapter 21 Chapter Fifteen. "Responsibility and the Limits of Evil" Chapter 22 Chapter Sixteen. The Limits of the Moral Community Chapter 23 Chapter Seventeen. Richard Wollheim: Retribution and Reparation Chapter 24 Chapter Eighteen: Melanie Klein: Tragedy and Morality
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