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Phronesis as Authorial Know-how

Title: Phronesis as Authorial Know-how: A Play on the Art of Living a Well Written Story.

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Name(s): Carpenter, Jennifer, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Bachelor Thesis
Date Issued: 2019-04-27
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: A Letter to the Audience Before I draw the curtain and release the philosophical coddiwomple that follows, I would like to take this time to reflect on its coming to be and, hopefully, explain myself to the audience. A preemptive rundown and a warning (or two) of what this project is meant to be--and why I've chosen to write it in this way--will be helpful in understanding what’s going on. To start, I’d like to ward off any high expectations for traditional order or strict structure to my creative project: I make no claim to the exactness or completeness to the words written here. Of course I suppose my argument could have been made by writing a regular paper, and probably with less words at that, and, to justify this piece of thoughtful whimsy, I’ll start by answering this obvious question that the reader might find themselves asking--why didn't I? It's a fair question. There are so many ways I would like to address this question, but I’ll try to constrain myself to the most topical. First, in the most blunt way: I've get lyrically restless writing philosophy in the prescribed formats and sometimes adhering to strict contextual expectations can restrict the writer on a thoughtful quest. I long for the days when philosophers were allowed a bit of creative freedom in getting their thoughts out there; mostly relying on their own thinking and just writing it in the way they wanted. I feel restrained by rules of philosophical writing, at times, and I think this subject beckons for me to stretch my imagination and ignore (for the moment) the need to follow a certain path of inquiry. This reason, for the unorthodox method that I take, address the less than straightforward way I go about putting forth my case: lives are not straightforward. Nothing about by subject is straightforward. Our lives, conduct and even characters are barely legible to us. Once more, our thoughts are not like he standard philosophical paper--not really. Academic papers (strictly academic) are crafted y stepping outside oneself to edit. Our thoughts do not chug along like a train down one track, at least mine do not. It's more like flying a kite. I have this idea, storytelling as the art of living, and I release it letting the thought mingle with my other beliefs, desires, and goals. The control I have the kite is minimal, just a flimsy piece of plastic and a big of string. Every once in a while a gust of whimsy blows by and takes my kid away, then, I have to slowly gain back control by guiding into a better position. As the reader will experience in the arupt way in which conversations end and begin. It will help to see this piece as the writing process of what would be philosophy paper, refined for presentation. I wanted to represent this attitude in the setting of the lay, thus, I set my scene within the mind of a student reading Aristotle with my interlocutors being character manifestations of our student's different perspectives. Her multitudes, if you will, come together to interpret Aristotle's lesson for living well as a lesson in writing well; with one of them further arguing that his lesson is taught to convince us that is self-authorship is what makes a life well lived. As our student reads the relevant passages from Aristotle, lachessi presents her authorial analogy to the group: showing how authorship is practical wisdom and how this take on wisdom better informs us as to what happy people are doing. After Which the collective discusses Lachesis Second claim, that, Aristotle is telling us to become the author of our own stories. Finding the form that best fit the matter at hand is not an easy task; I struggled to find an appropriate vessel for discussion the art of living as the art of storytelling. I needed a narrative form, that relies on heavy dialogue, and one that would allow for me to incorporate quotes from the nicomachean ethics in a way that wouldn't interrupt the flow. I, also, wanted a writing style that could allow be to sway a bit from the course, in a relevant manner. A stage play is the practical choice for m project mostly because of its dialog aspect; and the organization's of acts and scene help to keep the dialogues as individual conversations that go together, yet, do not exactly merge seamlessly from topic to topic. This type allows me to connect Aristotle's Phronimos to the well written author and discuss how she embodies the notion of authoring her one's own life.
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Carpenter, J. (2019). Phronesis as Authorial Know-how: A Play on the Art of Living a Well Written Story. Retrieved from