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The Practices of the Self - Charles E. Larmore

The Practices of the Self

By: Charles E. Larmore, Sharon Bowman (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2010
ISBN: 9780226468877
Number Of Pages: 224

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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 of our belief or the presumed value of what we desire.
Larmore develops this conception with frequent reference to such classic authors as Montaigne, Stendhal, and Proust and by comparing it to other views of the self in contemporary philosophy. He also discusses the important ethical consequences of his theory of the self, arguing that it allows us to better grasp what it means to be ourselves and why self-understanding often involves self-creation.
Winner of the Academie Francaise's Grand Prix de Philosophie, "The Practices of the Self" is that rare kind of lucid yet rigorous work that transcends disciplinary boundaries.

"A solid piece of work - clearly written, admirably free of cant, historically informed, and analytically ambitious. It is a fine contribution to moral theory." - Ethics Praise for The Morals of Modernity "Advances several important new proposals, especially regarding political liberalism and moral epistemology.... A book rich in ideas." - Philosophical Review"

Preface to the English Translationp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Sincerity and Authenticityp. 1
Introductionp. 1
Sartre as Guidep. 7
Bad Faith and Sincerityp. 12
The Example of Stenghalp. 19
Reflection and Being Like Anotherp. 23
Being Naturalp. 27
Social Mimetismp. 31
The Ubiquity of Conventionp. 31
Being Like Anotherp. 36
Authenticity and the Democratic Agep. 43
Mimetism and Equalityp. 50
Being Oneself Amid Conventionsp. 53
Reflection and Self-Knowledgep. 61
Authenticity and the Nature of the Selfp. 67
Foundations of a Theory of Cognitive Reflectionp. 68
Psychological Interpretationp. 76
The Structure of Cognitive Self-Reflectionp. 83
The Self in Cognitive Reflectionp. 88
A Normativist Conception of the Mindp. 97
Representing and Reasoningp. 97
A Critique of Autonomyp. 104
Practical Reflectionp. 111
Obligations and Avowalsp. 111
A Defense of First-Person Authorityp. 117
The Persistence of the Cartesian Modelp. 121
The Key to the Mysteryp. 127
A Final Problemp. 130
Conclusionp. 133
Being Oneself and Being Like Anotherp. 139
Two Ways of Being Oneselfp. 139
The Domain of Authenticityp. 142
The Instability of Practical Reflectionp. 146
Authenticity and Conversionp. 151
How to be Virtuousp. 155
The Ends of Reflectionp. 160
Reflection and its Problemsp. l66
Prudence and Wisdomp. 171
The Self and Timep. 171
The Importance of Unexpected Goodsp. 177
Socrates' Mistakep. 183
The Limits of Prudencep. 189
Wisdomp. 195
Indexp. 199
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ISBN: 9780226468877
ISBN-10: 0226468879
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st November 2010
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45