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Narrative and understanding persons

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Abstract


  • Our world is replete with narratives—narratives of our making that

    are uniquely appreciated by us. This can hardly be denied,

    certainly if by ‘narratives’ we have in mind only those of the purely

    discursive variety—i.e. those complex representations that relate

    and describe the course of some unique series of events, however

    humble, in a coherent but selective arrangement.1 Our capacity to

    create, enjoy and benefit from narratives so defined—be they

    factual or fictive—surely sets us apart from other creatures. Some,

    impressed by the prominence of this phenomenon in the traffic of

    human life, have been tempted to deploy that famous Aristotelian

    formula, holding that we are, inter alia, not just social or rational or

    political animals but that we are also rightly distinguished as

    narrative or story-telling animals.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Hutto, D. (2007). Narrative and understanding persons. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements, 60 (May), 1-16.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1761&context=lhapapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/756

Number Of Pages


  • 15

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 16

Volume


  • 60

Issue


  • May

Place Of Publication


  • http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S135824610700001X

Abstract


  • Our world is replete with narratives—narratives of our making that

    are uniquely appreciated by us. This can hardly be denied,

    certainly if by ‘narratives’ we have in mind only those of the purely

    discursive variety—i.e. those complex representations that relate

    and describe the course of some unique series of events, however

    humble, in a coherent but selective arrangement.1 Our capacity to

    create, enjoy and benefit from narratives so defined—be they

    factual or fictive—surely sets us apart from other creatures. Some,

    impressed by the prominence of this phenomenon in the traffic of

    human life, have been tempted to deploy that famous Aristotelian

    formula, holding that we are, inter alia, not just social or rational or

    political animals but that we are also rightly distinguished as

    narrative or story-telling animals.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Hutto, D. (2007). Narrative and understanding persons. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements, 60 (May), 1-16.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1761&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/756

Number Of Pages


  • 15

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 16

Volume


  • 60

Issue


  • May

Place Of Publication


  • http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S135824610700001X