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Narrative, Identity and the Kierkegaardian Self$
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John Lippitt and Patrick Stokes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748694433

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694433.001.0001

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The Virtues of Ambivalence

The Virtues of Ambivalence

Wholeheartedness as Existential Telos and the Unwillable Completion of Narravives

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Narrative, Identity and the Kierkegaardian Self

John J. Davenport

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents John J. Davenport’s response to the contributions of Lippitt, Wietzke and Helms. Davenport contends that the actual target of Lippitt’s Velleman-inspired critique is not the most compelling available version of Frankfurt’s position on volitional wholeheartedness (which is best derived from his earlier work). While agreeing that Frankfurt is unclear on the distinction between repression and wholeheartedness, Davenport claims that this distinction can be made on the basis of a clearer differentiation between emotions and volition. He also responds to the tougher forgiveness objection, while recognising that the best autonomy attainable to us might require profoundly mixed feelings about ourselves. Davenport further sketches an account of a robustly meaningful life dependent upon values of ultimate worth (which all aesthetes would lack), while a discussion of heroic epics seeks to show the indispensability of narrative.

Keywords:   Kierkegaard, Narrative, Selfhood, Harry G. Frankfurt, J. David Velleman

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