Narrative and Understanding Persons

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Daniel D. Hutto
Cambridge University Press, Jul 12, 2007 - Philosophy - 224 pages
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The human world is replete with narratives - narratives of our making that are uniquely appreciated by us. Some thinkers have afforded special importance to our capacity to generate such narratives, seeing it as variously enabling us to: exercise our imaginations in unique ways; engender an understanding of actions performed for reasons; and provide a basis for the kind of reflection and evaluation that matters vitally to moral and self development. Perhaps most radically, some hold that narratives are essential for the constitution of human selves. This volume brings together nine original contributions in which the individual authors advance, develop and challenge proposals of these kinds. They critically examine the place and importance of narratives in human lives and consider the underlying capacities that permit us to produce and utilise these special artifacts. All of the papers are written in a non-technical and accessible style.

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Framing Narratives
Origins and Applications
Dramatic Irony Narrative and the External Perspective
Episodic Ethics
On the Distance between Literary Narratives and RealLife
Strawson Death and Narrative
A Refinement and Defense
The Limits of Narrative Understanding
Pathologies in Narrative Structures

About the author (2007)

Daniel Hutto is the Research Leader for Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire and was Head of Philosophy from 1999 to 2005. He was a committee member of the National Committee for Philosophy and editor of its newsletter, The Gadfly, and was elected treasurer of the British Philosophical Association in October 2003.

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