1st Edition

The Culture of Confession from Augustine to Foucault
A Genealogy of the 'Confessing Animal'

ISBN 9780415887816
Published November 10, 2010 by Routledge
312 Pages

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Book Description

Drawing on the work of Foucault and Western confessional writings, this book challenges the transhistorical and commonsense views of confession as an innate impulse resulting in the psychological liberation of the confessing subject. Instead, confessional desire is argued to be contingent and constraining, and alternatives to confessional subjectivity are explored.

Table of Contents

List of Figures



Chapter One: Confession from Antiquity to the Counter-Reformation

Chapter Two: Confession and Modern Subjectivity

Chapter Three: Psychoanalysis

Chapter Four: Confessing the Other

Chapter Five: Alternatives to Confession





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Chloë Taylor is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Alberta. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and a postdoctoral fellowship from McGill University. Professor Taylor has published articles in journals such as Philosophy Today, Postmodern Culture and the Journal of Modern Literature. She is currently working on a book on Foucault and sex crimes, as well as undertaking research on animal ethics, feminism, and literature.