Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love

Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love

Simon Blackburn


Everyone deplores narcissism, particularly in others. The useless are by way of turns stressful or absurd, offending us whether or not they are blissfully oblivious or proudly conscious of their habit. yet are narcissism and self-esteem quite as undesirable as they appear? will we stay away from them no matter if we attempt? In Mirror, Mirror, Simon Blackburn, the writer of such best-selling philosophy books as Think, Being Good, and Lust, says that narcissism, vainness, delight, and conceit are extra complicated than they first look and feature innumerable stable and undesirable varieties. Drawing on philosophy, psychology, literature, background, and pop culture, Blackburn deals an enlightening and pleasing exploration of self-love, from the parable of Narcissus and the Christian tale of the autumn to present day vanity industry.

A gleaming mix of studying, humor, and elegance, Mirror, Mirror examines what nice thinkers have acknowledged approximately self-love--from Aristotle, Cicero, and Erasmus to Rousseau, Adam Smith, Kant, and Iris Murdoch. It considers contemporary "me"-related obsessions, akin to the "selfie," cosmetic surgery, and beauty improvements, and displays on attached phenomena resembling the deadly commodification of social lifestyles and the tragic overconfidence of George W. Bush and Tony Blair. eventually, Mirror, replicate shows why self-regard is an important and fit a part of lifestyles. however it additionally means that we've misplaced the facility to distinguish--let on my own strike a balance--between strong and undesirable types of self-concern.

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