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Simon Blackburn
Fellow, Trinity College, University of Cambridge

Simon Blackburn is a British philosopher and professor. His latest book is Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-love (2014).

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Know thy selfie

If Narcissus were here he’d be busy on Instagram. Can we have a virtuous sense of worth without the vanity of self-love?

Simon Blackburn