By Stephen Mulhall

Stephen Mulhall provides a sequence of multiply interrelated essays which jointly make up an unique learn of selfhood (subjectivity or own identity). He explores quite a few articulations (in philosophy, psychoanalysis, and the humanities) of the concept that selfhood is healthier conceived as an issue of non-self-identity--for instance, as changing into or self-overcoming, or as being what one isn't really and never being what one is, or as being doubled or divided. Philosophically, a sustained examining of the paintings of Nietzsche and Sartre is primary to this undertaking, even though Wittgenstein is usually primary to its issues; Mulhall for that reason attracts generally on texts often linked to 'Continental' philosophical traditions, essentially with the intention to attempt the feasibility of a non-elitist type of ethical perfectionism. in the arts, numerous essays research numerous motion pictures whose issues intersect with these of the philosophers below examine (including Hollywood melodramas, contemporary secret agent videos reminiscent of the Bourne trilogy and the newest incarnation of James Bond, and David Fincher's 'Benjamin Button'); Wagner's Ring cycle is a recurrent situation; and the novels of Kingsley Amis, J. M. Coetzee and David Foster Wallace also are prominent.

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