[Research] Narrative and Understanding Persons_Daniel D. Hutto

Our capacity to create, enjoy and benefit from narratives so defined – be they factual or fictive – surely sets us apart from other creatures. Some, impressed by the prominence of this phenomenon in the traffic of human life, have been tempted to deploy that famous Aristotelian formula, holding that we are, inter alia, not just social or rational or political animals but that we are also rightly distinguished as narrative or story-telling animals.

Daniel D. Hutto, “Narrative and Understanding Persons” (Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement:60) 1.

~distinct claims that narratives are implicated in, if not essential for: (a) enabling us to exercise our imaginations in unique ways; (b) developing our everyday understanding of actions performed for reasons; and (c) external reflection, evaluation and orientation in our understanding of the situations of ourselves and others.

Daniel D. Hutto, “Narrative and Understanding Persons” (Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement:60) 2.

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