The Philosopher's Autobiography: A Qualitative Study

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 244 pages

Throughout the ages philosophers have examined their own lives in an attempt both to find some meaning and to explain the roots of their philosophical perspectives. This volume is an introduction to philosophical autobiography, a rich but hitherto ignored literary genre that questions the self, its social context, and existence in general. The author analyzes representative narratives from antiquity to postmodernity, focusing in particular on three case studies: the autobiographies of St. Augustine, Rousseau, and Sartre. Through the study of these exemplary texts, philosophical reflection on the self emerges as a valid alternative to Freudian psychoanalysis and as a way of promoting self-renewal and change.

 

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Contents

Philosophical Autobiography
1
Philosophy SelfReflection and LifeWriting
21
Philosophical Psychoanalysis and Qualitative Research
53
The Philosopher Reborn
77
The Philosopher True to Nature
111
The Philosopher in Revolt
149
Epilogue New Selves for a New Day?
205
Bibliography
219
Index
231
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SHLOMIT C. SCHUSTER is an independent scholar and lecturer based in Jerusalem. She is the author of Philosophy Practice: An Alternative to Counseling and Psychotherapy (Praeger, 1999) and several scholarly articles, as well as the managing editor of the Journal of Radical Psychology.

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