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By Crispin Sartwell

Argues that the academy's obsession with language, and specifically with narrative, has turn into a type of disease.

In End of Story, Crispin Sartwell keeps that the academy is enthusiastic about language, and with narrative specifically. Narrative has been held to represent or clarify time, motion, worth, background, and human id. Sartwell argues that this obsession with language and narrative has develop into a kind of illness. Pitting such thinkers as Kierkegaard, Bataille, and Epictetus opposed to the narrativism of MacIntyre, Ricoeur, and Aristotle, Sartwell celebrates the methods narratives and selves collapse and recommends a lapse into ecstatic or mundane incoherence. because the publication rollicks via Wodehouse, Thoreau, the e-book of activity, still-life portray, and Sartwell's autobiography, there emerges a hopeful if weird and wonderful new feel of who we're and what we will be able to be.

"End of Story is significant, quirky, unique, passionate, and exceptionally, different. It situates itself as an assault on a few traits in modern inspiration, and reaches again to their past formation within the Western culture: principally, the assumption of lifestyles as undertaking and a significant lifestyles as one out of which a winning quest narrative could be developed; and it bargains an alternate imaginative and prescient, no longer as a substitute, yet as a complement--the imaginative and prescient of silence, as Sartwell calls it. briefly, this is often the e-book of somebody who particularly thinks--a piece of genuine originality, now not for the fainthearted, the staid, the conformist, or these illiberal of idiosyncrasy." -- Gary Saul Morson, writer of Narrative and Freedom: The Shadows of Time

"Wonderfully engaging; Sartwell succeeds in bringing jointly the non-public with what's extra mostly thought of philosophical, with out sacrificing both. The arguments make feel and the examples are compelling; in a piece mostly serious about narrative, the sleek use of reports is principally outstanding. The luck of the intersection of private with philosophical is established while one comes away liking the writer with his booklet, considering that for somebody who avoids humans he might still make a fabulous dinner companion." -- Karmen MacKendrick, writer of Counterpleasures

"I imagine that the booklet turns out to be useful as a type of self-help publication for lecturers struggling with overwork and basic anxiety!" -- Alison Leigh Brown, writer of Subjects of Deceit: A Phenomenology of Lying

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