Knowing the Self: Philosophy and Autobiographical Writing

What are the connections between writing, thinking, and living? From Augustine to Rousseau, from John Stuart Mill to W.E.B. DuBois, and from Bertrand Russell to Simone de Beauvoir, philosophers have used autobiographical writing to convey their ideas on the nature of reality, the meaning of human life, and the highest goals of human community. By exploring the intersection of philosophy and autobiography, we gain insights about both traditions while finding deeper meaning in our own life stories.