Confessions Paperback

The Philosophy of Transparency

by Thomas Docherty;


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Confessions

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This book explores what is at stake in our confessional culture. Thomas Docherty examines confessional writings from Augustine to Montaigne and from Sylvia Plath to Derrida, arguing that through all this work runs a philosophical substratum - the conditions under which it is possible to assert a confessional mode - that needs exploration and explication. Docherty outlines a philosophy of confession that has pertinence for a contemporary political culture based on the notion of 'transparency'. In a postmodern 'transparent society', the self coincides with its self-representations. Such a position is central to the idea of authenticity and truth-telling in confessional writing: it is the basis of saying, truthfully, 'here I take my stand'. The question is: what other consequences might there be of an assumption of the primacy of transparency? Two areas are examined in detail: the religious and the judicial.
Docherty shows that despite the tendency to regard transparency as a general social and ethical good, our contemporary culture of transparency has engendered a society in which autonomy (or the very authority of the subject that proclaims 'I confess') is grounded in guilt, reparation and victimhood.

Confessions by Thomas Docherty was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in January 2014. The ISBN for Confessions is 9781472557452.

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Page last updated 19th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (January 2014)
EditionNIPPOD
Weight280g
Number of Pages224
Thickness12 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9781472557452
ISBN-10147255745X
Product Code4256819
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