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Narrative Integration, Fragmented Selves, and Autonomy

CATRIONA MACKENZIE and JACQUI POLTERA
Hypatia
Vol. 25, No. 1, FEAST Special Issue (WINTER 2010), pp. 31-54
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Hypatia, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40602639
Page Count: 24
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Narrative Integration, Fragmented Selves, and Autonomy
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Abstract

In this paper we defend the notion of narrative identity against Galen Strawson's recent critique. With reference to Elyn Saks's memoir of her schizophrenia, we question the coherence ofStrawsons conception of the Episodic self and show why the capacity for narrative integration is important for a flourishing life. We aho argue that Scú< s's case and reflections on the therapeutic role of u illness nanatives }> put pressure on narrative theories that specify unduly restncúve constraints on self-constituting narratives, and chrify the need to distinguish identity from autonomy.

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