Narrative and understanding persons

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Cambridge University Press, 20.08.2007 - 224 Seiten
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
17
Origins and Applications
43
Dramatic Irony Narrative and the External Perspective
69
Episodic Ethics
85
On the Distance between Literary Narratives and RealLife
117
Strawson Death and Narrative
133
A Refinement and Defense
155
The Limits of Narrative Understanding
179
Pathologies in Narrative Structures
203
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