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ERIC Number: EJ1011166
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
A Strange Condition of Things: Alterity and Knowingness in Dickens' "David Copperfield"
Smith, Richard
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v45 n4 p371-382 2013
It is sometimes said that we are strangers to ourselves, bearers of internal alterity, as well as to each other. The profounder this strangeness then the greater the difficulty of giving any systematic account of it without paradox: of supposing that our obscurity to ourselves can readily be illuminated. To attempt such an account, in defiance of the paradox, is to risk knowingness: a condition which, appearing to challenge our alterity but in fact often confirming it, holds an ambiguous place in the "ethics of belief" and has largely escaped philosophical attention. Like alterity, knowingness can only be approached indirectly. Charles Dickens, in "David Copperfield", is exemplary in the way he handles these themes. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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