Home > Books > Hindsight: The Promise and Peril of Looking Backward
Hindsight: The Promise and Peril of Looking Backward
View PDF

Hindsight: The Promise and Peril of Looking Backward

Publication Year: 2009
Edition: 1st
Authors/Editor: Freeman, Mark
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
ISBN: 978-0-195-38993-7
  • Description
  • Details

Although the idea of hindsight is frequently associated with the biases, distortions, and outright lies of memory--as in the infamous "20-20" scenario or the conviction that one "knew it all along"--Mark Freeman maintains that this process of looking backward over the terrain of the past can also serve as a profound source of insight, understanding, and self-knowledge.

Hindsight is also intimately connected to what Freeman calls narrative reflection: Through the distance conferred by time, we can look back on past experiences and see them anew, as episodes in an evolving story. As important as "being in the now" and "living in the moment" are, it is no less important to pause at times and, by looking backward, seek to discern those aspects of experience that might otherwise escape our notice. Far from necessarily leading to deception and lies, therefore, hindsight can lead to wisdom and indeed truth--of a sort, Freeman contends, that is only available in retrospect.

In addition to serving as a central site of self-knowledge, hindsight plays an integral role in the process of moral growth. For, through hindsight, there emerges the opportunity not only to see the possible errors of our ways but to transcend them and thereby to move on to better ways of being in the world. Drawing on psychology, philosophy, literature, and personal experience, this wide-ranging volume offers an insightful and engaging exploration of the role of hindsight both in discerning the personal past and in deepening moral life.

  • Platform:
    Ovid
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
  • Product Type: Book
  • Author/Editor: Freeman, Mark
  • ISBN: 978-0-195-38993-7
  • Specialty:
    Emergency Medicine & Trauma
  • Language: English
  • Edition: 1st
  • Pages: 264
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Year: 2009

Free Instant Access
This Month

JOTM
Biomedical Research Grants—UberResearch NEW! UberResearch is a searchable database of awarded research funding that includes more than 600,000 indexed records. And now it's available on the Ovid® platform!
JOTM
The Philosopher's Index The Philosopher's Index is a bibliographic database with informative author-written abstracts covering scholarly research in the fifteen fields of philosophy, published in journals and books since 1940.
JOTM
Evidence-Based Practice Evidence-Based Practice is a quarterly journal focused on topics relevant to the daily practice of family medicine and includes content addressing timely and pertinent questions related to patient care.
JOTM
Stroke An official journal of the American Heart Association, Stroke publishes reports of clinical and basic investigation of any aspect of the cerebral circulation and its diseases from many disciplines.

Noteworthy

Doody's Featured Books
Shields' General Thoracic Surgery, 8th Edition
Your #1 resource for comprehensive coverage of both open and endoscopic surgical techniques, with commentary from more than 150 global experts in the field.

The Washington Manual of Echocardiography, 2nd Edition
Essential information you need to successfully perform and read echocardiograms, as well as to identify valvular heart disease, cardiac myopathies, and congenital anomalies.