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1. Codependence in Context
"Greed is Good"
Moral Dilemmas of Psychotherapy
Self and Other as Social Constructions
2. The Cat's Grin
The Codependence Literature
Notes on Method: Rationale for a Hermeneutic Analysis
The Necessity of Entering the Circle
Hermeneutics and "Self-Help"
Why the Codependence Literature?
3. The Contours of the Codependence Genre
The Algebra of "Recovery": ACOA + WWLTM = ACDF
The Constituent Texts of the Codependence Literature
The Homogeneity of the Codependence Literature
4. The Codependence Literature as a Moral Discourse
Codependence as a Strong Evaluation
Strong Evaluation Shapes Moral Space
The Codependence Literature as a Narrative Space
5. The Reader's Colloquy with Herself
A Walk in the Woods: A Digression on the "Space of Questions"
The Narrative Induction: Am I a Codependent?
The Cast of the Net
An Interpretive Framework
The Dimension of Dignity: The "Center" Cannot Hold
Dignity as a Private Affair
Dignity as the Expulsion of Others from the Reader's Story
Dignity as the Smooth Functioning of a Machine
The Dimension of Dignity: A Summary
6. The Sole Author in the Social World
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors: The Dimension of Respect for and Obligation to Others
Introduction: Obligation as Crossing Over into the Realm of the Other
Obligation as a Serendipity of Self-Love
May I See Your Passport, Please? Obligation as Foreign Policy
The Twelve-Step Group as the Arena of Obligation
The Dimension of Obligation and Respect: A Summary
The Dimension of a Full Life
Introduction: Horizon as Inescapably Other
The "Higher Power" as the Source of a Full Life
The "Higher Power" as the Divine Within
The "Higher Power" as Santa Claus
Summary and Conclusion
7. The Codependence Literature as an Instance of Nihilism
The Gordian Knot
Othello and Iago
The Dangling Conversation
"The Triumph of the Therapeutic"
"The Eyes of the World''
8. Conclusion: A Reconstitution of Codependence
Introduction: The "Heidegger Problem"
Coda: A Brief Summary of the Argument
A Reconstitution of Codependence
Avenues for Further Research