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The Philosophy of Autobiography

Christopher Cowley


This book explores a new area, the philosophy of autobiography. There are many long-standing philosophical discussions surrounding concepts relating to autobiography: the self, personal identity, narrative, understanding others, self-understanding, the reliability of memory, self-deception, the meaning of life. There has also been sustained interest among literary critics in the genre of autobiography. However, there is relatively little that brings these philosophical debates together to ask: what is it we are doing, exactly, when we write an autobiography? And the related question of: what d ... More

Keywords: autobiography, identity, self-understanding, self-deception, meaning of life, personal identity

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226267890
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226268088.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Cowley, editor
University College Dublin

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