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The practices of the self

Charles E. Larmore Sharon Bowman 1973-

2010

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  • Title:
    The practices of the self
  • Author: Charles E. Larmore
  • Sharon Bowman 1973-
  • Description: Sartre as guide -- Bad faith and sincerity -- The example of Stendhal -- Reflection and being like another -- Being natural -- The ubiquity of convention -- Being like another -- Authenticity and the democratic age -- Mimetism and equality -- Being oneself amid conventions -- Authenticity and the nature of the self -- Foundations of a theory of cognitive reflection -- Psychological interpretation -- The structure of cognitive self-reflection -- The self in cognitive reflection -- Representing and reasoning -- A critique of autonomy -- Obligations and avowals -- A defense of first-person authority -- The persistence of the cartesian model -- The key to the mystery -- A final problem -- Ways of being oneself -- The domain of authenticity -- The instability of practical reflection -- Authenticity and conversion -- How to be virtuous -- The ends of reflection -- Reflection and its problems -- The self and time -- The importance of unexpected goods -- Socrates' mistake -- The limits of prudence -- Wisdom.
    What is the nature of the fundamental relation we have to ourselves that makes each of us a self? To answer this question, Charles Larmore develops a systematic theory of the self, challenging the widespread view that the self's defining relation to itself is to have an immediate knowledge of its own thoughts. On the contrary, Larmore maintains, our essential relation to ourselves is practical, as is clear when we consider the nature of belief and desire. For to believe or desire something consists in committing ourselves to thinking and acting in accord with the presumed truth o
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press
  • Format: 1 online resource (220 p.).
  • Identifier: ISBN 1-283-05835-9;ISBN 9786613058355;ISBN 0-226-46854-2
  • Subjects: Self (Philosophy); Self-knowledge, Theory of; Electronic books
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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