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The Self and its Shadows: A Book of Essays on Individuality as Negation in Philosophy and the Arts

Stephen Mulhall


This book presents a series of multiply interrelated chapters which together make up an original study of selfhood (subjectivity or personal identity). It explores a variety of articulations (in philosophy, psychoanalysis, and the arts) of the idea that selfhood is best conceived as a matter of non-self-identity — for example, as becoming or self-overcoming, or as being what one is not and not being what one is, or as being doubled or divided. Philosophically, a sustained reading of the work of Nietzsche and Sartre is central to this project, although Wittgenstein is also fundamental to its co ... More

Keywords: selfhood, subjectivity, personal identity, becoming, self-overcoming, Nietzsche, Sartre, Wittgenstein, moral perfectionism, melodramas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199661787
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661787.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Mulhall, author
New College, Oxford