© 1992

The Conscience of the Autobiographer

Ethical and Religious Dimensions of Autobiography


Part of the Studies in Literature and Religion book series (SLR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. John D. Barbour
    Pages 1-7
  3. John D. Barbour
    Pages 8-36
  4. John D. Barbour
    Pages 37-57
  5. John D. Barbour
    Pages 85-119
  6. John D. Barbour
    Pages 120-142
  7. John D. Barbour
    Pages 143-173
  8. John D. Barbour
    Pages 174-182
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 183-199

About this book


This book argues that the writing of autobiography raises crucial issues of conscience as an author tries to know, assess, and represent character. Individual chapters explore such issues as the nature of truthfulness, characterization, the virtues, shame, and the religious dimensions of conscience.


argue biography ethics individual knowledge nature truth writing

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.St. Olaf CollegeNorthfieldUSA

About the authors

JOHN D. BARBOUR is Associate Professor of Religion a St Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he has taught since 1982. He has published articles in The Journal of Religion, The Journal of Religious Ethics and The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and Tragedy as a Critique of Virtue: The Novel and Ethical Reflection.

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