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Self, Value, and Narrative: A Kierkegaardian Approach

Anthony Rudd


This book defends an account of the self it calls the NEST (Narrative, Evaluative, Self-Constitutive, Teleological) theory. It argues that the self, rather than being a wholly given entity, at least in part ‘constitutes’ or shapes itself, and does this by endorsing some desires or dispositions and repudiating others. As it is therefore inherently a self-evaluating being it must view itself teleologically, as standing in relation to a standard of value, which it must conceive as having objective authority. Furthermore, as a temporal self-evaluating agent, it must understand itself in narrative ... More

Keywords: evaluation, objective Good, Kierkegaard, narrative, Platonism, self, self-constitution, teleology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199660049
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660049.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony Rudd, author
St Olaf College, Minnesota