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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1REV edition (Aug. 23 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 069105908X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691059082
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 15.3 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #216,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Aynetal3 on Nov. 28 2003
Format: Hardcover
Hacking asks, "Is it real?" He referred to the epidemic nature of multiplicity. He wrote that at one time multiplicity was considered rare. Hacking asks, "What happened? What is it? And, what is the answer?" He considered that multiplicity could be a fabrication between doctor and patient or as a social circumstance. He suggests that an intervention should be made and concluded that the situation demand professional caution. He sites the organizational work done by, "the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, but he claimed to be neutral.
Hacking seems to be part of a movement that believes that "... emphasis on personalities is wrongheaded." He writes that multiplicity is a failure to integrate. He quotes Spiegel (1993) as saying, "The problem is not having more than one personality; it is having less than one personality." Hacking further writes a comparison of multiplicity to Alice (in Wonderland). "For this curious child was very fond of pretending to be two people. 'But it's no use now,' thought poor Alice, 'to pretend to be two people! Why, there is hardly enough of me left to make one respectable person!"
Yesterday, I pulled from my shelves the first book I found on multiplicity. I wanted to write the first item in THE CATALOG. I skimmed through the first chapter. And, I felt anger and betrayal. This author's thinking horrified me. I don't have the ability to remember what I have or have not read or who is who, but I'd fallen under the wrong assumption that I have bought only "good books." So-be-it. This remains the first entry. We hope to offer "some" objectivity.
We will be checking out the other books on our shelves before going much further. We find it hard to remember, but we do know what allows feeling good or bad. We're not less than one!
Kate (Aynetal System)
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Very Smart *and* Very Readable April 11 2008
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Ian Hacking is a brilliant thinker and an elegant writer. I read this book after one of my husband's friends suggested it. He said it was the best book he can ever remember reading (like me, he prefers to read good nonfiction).
After reading the book (during which I couldn't help marking particularly good passages because I knew I'd want to reread them), I have found myself refering to this book frequently in my own writing (I'm an academic) and conversation with my students. I must agree with my husband's friend: this is certainly one of the best books I've read.
If you enjoy smart analysis of contemporary culture and the frailties of sciences claiming to map the human mind, you will really enjoy this book. If you are a deep believer in the pure and virtuous authority of psychology, you will feel disturbed.
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Landmark Work in History of Science and Philosophy March 23 2011
By J. A. I. - Published on
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I was a student of Professor Hacking at University of Toronto in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He is brilliant and a Canadian all Canadians should be proud of. The fact I got to enjoy his thinking firsthand while he was formulating his ideas that became this book while I was an undergrad and then a graduate student in one of his departments will always be my good intellectual fortune. "Rewriting" is a landmark work on the reformation of ideas about memory in the nineteenth century and the consequences of this reformation on science and indeed on western culture in general. This book as well as his earlier The Taming of Chance are two of the best works in the history of science written in the late twentieth century. Both are highly recommended.
Interesting read, I am learning a lot. Aug. 21 2013
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As a person diagnosed as DID, I was left with a lot of questions. My psychiatrist gave me a lot of reading to do but I found this one on my own. I haven't finished this book yet but so far it has been an immense help. I highly recommend it.
Rewriting the Soul: This book makes visible things not seen or properly analyzed anywhere else: ground breaking July 1 2013
By Lou Agosta - Published on
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Strengths: A powerful treatment of the socio-philosophico-psychological development of an emergent psychiatric phenomenon ("category"), that of multiple personality disorder. Hacking navigates between "social construction" pure-and-simple, false memory syndrome, the analogy between remembering and story telling, and the invariant features of the conceptual framework needed for science. He is deeply empathic (the word "empathy" does not occur) towards the suffering of those who have experienced multiple personality disassociation. He is less so towards those who have tried to profit from it on talk shows and in the popular press. To read this text is to enjoy the dynamic give-and-take of a master at work. If there is a fan club, sign me up - I am unabashedly enthusiastic about this work.
Weaknesses: I cannot find any real weaknesses, certainly none that can be explained concisely and without elaborate give-and-take. A call for amplification might include saying more about Forgiveness; but would perhaps require another book. At the risk of sounding flip, the German word for memory/recollection is misspelled on the bottom of page 202 and should be "Erinnerung." At another level, this may be a difficult book for many less sophisticated readers. That does not mean that they should not buy it and read it. They should. Just be prepared. I actually assigned it to a class in the psychology of cognitive and affective bases of behavior; and after some initial hesitation - and some guidance - they thought it was pretty cool. Doesn't get any better than that. Hacking brings an awesome learning and intellect to the task at hand, the difficulties of which are not to be underestimated. Newton is supposed to have said, If I have seen further than others, it is because I stood on the shoulders of giants who came before me. Not to lay it on too thick - but if not now when? - in this case, Newton's saying actually applies. Well done.

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