In this volume, scholars from a number of academic disciplines illuminate how a range of philosophers and other thoughtful individuals addressed the complex issues surrounding philosophy and life writing.
The contributors interrogate the writings of Teresa of Avila, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Stuart Mill, Wilhelm Dilthey, Walter Benjamin, Albert Camus, Bryan Magee, Mikhail Bakhtin, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Judith Butler, who range in time from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries.
As this volume demonstrates, the relationship between philosophy and life writing has become an issue of urgent interdisciplinary concern.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Life Writing.
Introduction – Philosophy and Life Writing D. L. LeMahieu and Christopher Cowley
1. Self-management and Narrativity in Teresa of Avila’s Work Noelia Bueno-Gómez
2. ‘S’éclairer en dedans’: Rousseau and the Autobiographical Construction of Truth Marco Menin
3. The Incubus of Necessity in Mill’s Autobiography R. J. Manheimer
4. Wilhelm Dilthey’s Views on Autobiography Helga Lenart-Cheng
5. Walter Benjamin’s Berliner Kindheit um 1900: Longing, Enchantment and the Material Subject Christopher Hamilton
6. ‘Forgive Me Reader, for I Have Sinned’: Disponibilité and Confession in the Works of Albert Camus Grace Whistler
7. Life Writing and Philosophy: Bryan Magee and the Subjectivities of the Examined Life D. L. LeMahieu
8. Heterobiography: A Bakhtinian Perspective on Autobiographical Writing Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan
9. Narrative and the Phenomenology of Personal Identity in Merleau-Ponty Peter Antich
10. Narrating Trauma: Judith Butler on Narrative Coherence and the Politics of Self-Narration Kurt Borg
Book Review: The Philosophy of Autobiography, edited by Christopher Cowley Julian Baggini