Self-Creation, Identity, and Authenticity: A Study of 'A History of Violence' and 'Eastern Promises'
2012, "The Philosophy of David Cronenberg," ed. Simon Riches, Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky
10 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2013
Date Written: May 23, 2012
This essay explores philosophical questions about practical identity that emerge in David Cronenberg's films, "A History of Violence" and "Eastern Promises." I distinguish the metaphysical problems of personal identity from the practical problems and contend that the latter are of central importance to the topic of authenticity. Central scenes from both films are examined with an eye to their engagement with the issues of authenticity and self-creation.
Keywords: self-creation, practical identity, personal identity, authenticity, self-authorship
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