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Book review: Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love by Simon Blackburn

Self-obsession is now socially acceptable

By Hannah Dawson   May 2014















Echo and Narcissus (1903) by John William Waterhouse: the philosopher Simon Blackburn argues that narcissism is on the rise

©Walker Art Gallery/ Bridgeman Art Library

It has become a mantra of our self-help culture that you cannot love other people unless you love yourself. On this axiom temples have been built to the great god: “Me.” There are spa days, and candles around the bath, and all that slightly passive-aggressive talk about “boundaries.” The old…

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