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Narrative Dimensions of Philosophy

A Semiotic Exploration in the Work of Merleau-Ponty, Kierkegaard and Austin


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Sky Marsen
    Pages 1-22
  3. Sky Marsen
    Pages 23-59
  4. Sky Marsen
    Pages 60-94
  5. Sky Marsen
    Pages 123-142
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 178-192

About this book


That knowledge about the world and self is imparted through narrative is widely accepted; the techniques used to construct this knowledge have received less attention. This book uses a semiotic methodology to analyze works by Merleau-Ponty, Kierkegaard and Austin, and explore how conceptualizations of reality are formed through narrative strategy.


bibliography concept freedom identity Kierkegaard knowledge liberty Maurice Merleau-Ponty methodology philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Victoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand

About the authors

SKY MARSEN is Lecturer in Language Studies and Acting Director of the Writing Programme in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She has lectured internationally in various areas of text analysis and semiotics and has published scholarly research in writing strategy, pragmatics and the semiotic analysis of film, as well as textbooks in professional writing and in communication studies. Her research interests include semiotics, narratology and the philosophy of language. She is author of Professional Writing: The Complete Guide for Business, Industry and IT.

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'Sky Marsen, a lecturer in language studies who has published on professional writing and communication studies, proves herself a strikingly broad-ranged scholar with the publication of this work.' - Robert Ó'Móchain, Discourse Studies