The Culture of Confession from Augustine to Foucault: A Genealogy of the 'Confessing Animal'

1st Edition

Chloë Taylor

Routledge
Published November 10, 2010
Reference - 298 Pages
ISBN 9780415887816 - CAT# Y112986
Series: Studies in Philosophy

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Summary

Drawing on the work of Foucault and Western confessional writings, this book challenges the transhistorical and commonsense views of confession as an innate impulse resulting in the psychological liberation of the confessing subject. Instead, confessional desire is argued to be contingent and constraining, and alternatives to confessional subjectivity are explored.

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