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The Resource Mirror, mirror : the uses and abuses of self-love, Simon Blackburn

Mirror, mirror : the uses and abuses of self-love, Simon Blackburn

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Mirror, mirror : the uses and abuses of self-love
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Mirror, mirror
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the uses and abuses of self-love
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Simon Blackburn
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eng
Summary
Everyone deplores narcissism, especially in others. The vain are by turns annoying or absurd, offending us whether they are blissfully oblivious or proudly aware of their behaviour. But are narcissism and vanity really as bad as they seem? Can we avoid them even if we try? In Mirror, Mirror, Simon Blackburn, the author of such best-selling philosophy books as Think, Being Good, and Lust, says that narcissism, vanity, pride, and self-esteem are more complex than they first appear and have innumerable good and bad forms. Drawing on philosophy, psychology, literature, history, and popular culture, Blackburn offers an enlightening and entertaining exploration of self-love, from the myth of Narcissus and the Christian story of the Fall to today's self-esteem industry.A sparkling mixture of learning, humor, and style, Mirror, Mirror examines what great thinkers have said about self-love--from Aristotle, Cicero, and Erasmus to Rousseau, Adam Smith, Kant, and Iris Murdoch. It considers today's "me"-related obsessions, such as the "selfie, " plastic surgery, and cosmetic enhancements, and reflects on connected phenomena such as the fatal commodification of social life and the tragic overconfidence of George W. Bush and Tony Blair. Ultimately, Mirror, Mirror shows why self-regard is a necessary and healthy part of life. But it also suggests that we have lost the ability to distinguish--let alone strike a balance--between good and bad forms of self-concern
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Drawing on philosophy, psychology, literature, history, and popular culture, this book looks at the good and bad aspects of vanity and self-love, from the myth of Narcissus and the Christian story of the Fall to today's self-esteem industry
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10320194
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1944-
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Blackburn, Simon
Dewey number
155.232
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Narcissism
  • Self (Philosophy)
  • Self-acceptance
  • Self-esteem
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adult
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the uses and abuses of self-love
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Mirror, mirror : the uses and abuses of self-love, Simon Blackburn
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Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-202) and index
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volume
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text
Contents
Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 The Self: Iris Murdoch and Uncle William -- ch. 2 Liriope's Son -- ch. 3 Worth It? -- ch. 4 Hubris and the Fragile Self -- ch. 5 Self-Esteem, Amour Propre, Pride -- ch. 6 Respect -- ch. 7 Temptation -- ch. 8 Integrity, Sincerity, Authenticity -- ch. 9 Envoi
Control code
000052251182
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 209 pages
Isbn
9780691161426
Isbn Type
(hbk.) :
Other control number
40023414147
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Mirror, mirror : the uses and abuses of self-love, Simon Blackburn
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-202) and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Contents
Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 The Self: Iris Murdoch and Uncle William -- ch. 2 Liriope's Son -- ch. 3 Worth It? -- ch. 4 Hubris and the Fragile Self -- ch. 5 Self-Esteem, Amour Propre, Pride -- ch. 6 Respect -- ch. 7 Temptation -- ch. 8 Integrity, Sincerity, Authenticity -- ch. 9 Envoi
Control code
000052251182
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 209 pages
Isbn
9780691161426
Isbn Type
(hbk.) :
Other control number
40023414147
Other physical details
illustrations

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