Abstract

abstract:

This article aims to analyze some contours of the existential practice of attempting to "locate one's life" through self-reflection. I will focus primarily, but not exclusively, on two exemplifications of self-reflection that are not "philosophical" in any technical or academic sense: Cory Taylor's Dying: A Memoir and Yi-Fu Tuan's Who Am I? An Autobiography of Emotion, Mind, and Spirit. Taylor, a novelist, is writing hurriedly facing imminent death, while Tuan, a distinguished cultural geographer, writes facing not death but the prospect of continuing to live without any real will to do so. Their reflections are carried out in two different rhetorical registers, with quite different motivational contexts and expectations. They throw clear light, with rich philosophical import, on the complex relations between memory and mood, such as regret and nostalgia, the languages of self-description, and the permanent tensions between hope and action in coming to terms with what or who one is, or has become, or with what, if anything, lies ahead.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-9383
Print ISSN
0891-625X
Pages
pp. 162-177
Launched on MUSE
2019-07-25
Open Access
No
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