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The story of the self: the narrative basis of self-development

Chapter


Abstract


  • There is an ongoing debate between those who believe selves are stable kinds

    of pre-linguistic entity, and those who maintain that selves are themselves,

    formed by our linguistic practices - specifically our capacity to compose stories

    and appreciate narratives. The latter view is

    usually advanced under the auspices of a particular vision of the nature of

    language. The essence of that vision, which rejects the idea that language

    serves a purely referential function, is nicely expressed by Kerby when he

    writes: "Language is viewed not simply as a tool for communicating or

    mirroring back what we otherwise discover in our reality, but is itself an

    important formative part of that reality, part of its very texture".

Publication Date


  • 1997

Citation


  • Hutto, J. D.D. (1997). The story of the self: the narrative basis of self-development. In K. Simms (Eds.), Ethics and the Subject (pp. 61-75). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/837

Book Title


  • Ethics and the Subject

Start Page


  • 61

End Page


  • 75

Abstract


  • There is an ongoing debate between those who believe selves are stable kinds

    of pre-linguistic entity, and those who maintain that selves are themselves,

    formed by our linguistic practices - specifically our capacity to compose stories

    and appreciate narratives. The latter view is

    usually advanced under the auspices of a particular vision of the nature of

    language. The essence of that vision, which rejects the idea that language

    serves a purely referential function, is nicely expressed by Kerby when he

    writes: "Language is viewed not simply as a tool for communicating or

    mirroring back what we otherwise discover in our reality, but is itself an

    important formative part of that reality, part of its very texture".

Publication Date


  • 1997

Citation


  • Hutto, J. D.D. (1997). The story of the self: the narrative basis of self-development. In K. Simms (Eds.), Ethics and the Subject (pp. 61-75). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/837

Book Title


  • Ethics and the Subject

Start Page


  • 61

End Page


  • 75