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Life Stories: The Unity of Life

What is the moral centre of a life? Can a biographer exercise human sympathy without sacrificing ethical integrity? These are some of the issues that will be taken up in this opening talk by the acclaimed “biographer of evil”, Gitta Sereny.

Gitta Sereny has written two books about Mary Bell as well as major biographies of Hitler’s friend and architect Albert Speer and the commandant of the Nazis’ Treblinka death camp, Franz Stangl.

A series of lectures exploring the uses of biography
in the Conference Centre

What is the connection between living a life and recounting it? It has been argued that human existence itself is woven out of the stories we tell ourselves about our lives - but are stories the best ways of understanding human lives? What happens when philosophical analyses of existence and identity meet up with biographical narratives?

This lecture series presents a cast of philosophers, theorists and biographers who will take the opportunity to reflect on how far we can understand our lives in terms of life-stories.


Gitta Sereny | talks


Date and Time:

10 May 2004 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



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