Confessions: The Philosophy of Transparency ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Jonathan Bate

Confessions: The Philosophy of Transparency

Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: May 2012
ISBN: 9781849666794
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This book explores what is at stake in our confessional culture.
Thomas Docherty examines confessional writings from Augustine to
Montaigne and from Sylvia Plath to Derrida, arguing that through all
this work runs a philosophical substratum - the conditions under which
it is possible to assert a confessional mode - that needs exploration
and explication.



Docherty outlines a philosophy of confession that has pertinence for a
contemporary political culture based on the notion of 'transparency'.
In a postmodern 'transparent society', the self coincides with its
self-representations. Such a position is central to the idea of
authenticity and truth-telling in confessional writing: it is the basis
of saying, truthfully, 'here I take my stand'.

The question
is: what other consequences might there be of an assumption of the
primacy of transparency? Two areas are examined in detail: the religious
and the judicial. Docherty shows that despite the tendency to regard
transparency as a general social and ethical good, our contemporary
culture of transparency has engendered a society in which autonomy (or
the very authority of the subject that proclaims 'I confess') is
grounded in guilt, reparation and victimhood.

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