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Narrative and Identity

Who am I? What links the self I was as a child, as a young woman, to the person I am today? Why does my past seem to matter to present self? Theorists have argued that not only do autobiographical narratives matter, but they truly are what the self is. While Professor Meehan shares the belief that narratives are critically important to our sense of self, they do not constitute the whole of a self. In this lecture she will examine both the importance and limits to the role that narrative plays in the founding and sustaining of the self.

Faculty Member: Johanna Meehan
Discussion Date: May 16, 2022 at noon

Meet Professor Meehan

Johanna Meehan is the McCay-Casady Professor of Humanities and professor of philosophy. She has worked at Grinnell College since 1990. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Humanities. Meehan is a graduate of Brandeis University. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Boston University.

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Monday May 16
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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