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Introduction to Part Two

Anthony Rudd

in Self, Value, and Narrative

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199660049
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744976 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660049.003.2001
Introduction to Part Two

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The Introduction to this Part continues to defend the main structural elements of the Platonic/Kierkegaardian account of the self as essentially oriented to the Good, by setting out Kierkegaard’s argument in Either/Or that an ‘aesthetic’ existence (i.e. one lived without an overriding commitment to the Good) is one which must fail to properly balance the polarities of the self. This sets the stage for the following chapters, which try to show that his insights can be vindicated and further developed with reference to recent and contemporary debates in (mostly) Anglophone philosophy.

Keywords: aesthetic; either/or; ethical; Kierkegaard

Chapter.  4681 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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