The Culture of Confession from Augustine to Foucault

The Culture of Confession from Augustine to Foucault

by Chloe Taylor
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415963710

ISBN-13: 9780415963718

Pub. Date: 08/14/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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.

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415963718
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/14/2008
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter One: Confession from Antiquity to the Counter-Reformation

Chapter Two: Confession and Modern Subjectivity

Chapter Three: Psychoanalysis

Chapter Four: Confessing the Other

Chapter Five: Alternatives to Confession

Conclusions

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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