• Lieve Spaas
  • Brian Stimpson


It is enticing to attempt a conclusion which would capture the essence of the Robinson Crusoe myth and present a synthesis of the many metamorphoses explored in this book. But there is no ‘final word’ to a story which has fascinated generations of readers and it is wiser to resist the temptation to offer any definitive statement. The first chapter of this book, which gives an overview of the various approaches taken by the authors, ends by stating that ‘the challenge of Crusoe’s island remains’. Indeed, Robinson Crusoe has not been laid to rest. The myth and the character continue to fascinate readers and prompt new speculative modes on the possibilities of such a paradigm. The paradigmatic situation, presented by Defoe and others, will continue to raise unanswerable questions concerning the relationship between self and other, the nature of the other and the origin of society.


Unanswerable Question Distributive Justice Definitive Statement Ethical Code Final Word 
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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lieve Spaas
    • 1
  • Brian Stimpson
    • 2
  1. 1.Kingston UniversityUK
  2. 2.Roehampton InstituteLondonUK

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