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

2014.09.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Simon Blackburn, Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love, Princeton University Press, 2014, 209pp., $24.95 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.09.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Simon Blackburn, Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love, Princeton University Press, 2014, 209pp., $24.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780691161426. Reviewed by Lorraine Besser-Jones, Middlebury College In his latest book, Simon Blackburn explores the different shapes and angles that fall under the umbrella of self-love. The topics he covers include self-esteem, pride, amour-propre, and integrity, and his treatment of these topics is engaging. Writing in his usual witty style, Blackburn weaves together insights from Greek mythology, popular culture, literature, and the history of philosophy to develop a remarkably seamless discussion. Over the course of the book, Blackburn presents a mitigated skepticism of the value of self-love. Self-love, he argues, is important when it is measured, and directed at one's genuine abilities, but self-love threatens to become over-bearing, particularly in a contemporary society. . .

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