Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society
Fields: History and philosophy of psychology; the self; narrative psychology; psychology of art and creativity
Mark Freeman received his B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton (now Binghamton University) in 1977 and his Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Chicago in 1986. He is currently Professor of Psychology and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society at the College of the Holy Cross.
His most recent book, Hindsight: The Promise and Peril of Looking Backward(Oxford, 2010), explores the idea that there is much that we can know about ourselves only in retrospect: looking backward over the personal past, we can frequently see what we either could not or would not see earlier on as well as discern the contours of our unfolding life stories. Perilous though the process may sometimes be, it is also one of great promise, allowing us not only to see the possible errors of our ways but totranscend them. Hindsight therefore serves as a vitally important source of self-understanding, wisdom, and moral growth.
Freeman is also the author of Rewriting the Self: History, Memory, Narrative (Routledge, 1993), which received the Alpha Sigma Nu National Book Award in 1994; Finding the Muse: A Sociopsychological Inquiry into the Conditions of Artistic Creativity (Cambridge, 1994), which was designated an Outstanding Academic Book by Choice magazine in 1995; and numerous articles on memory, self, autobiographical narrative, and the psychology of art and religion. He has recently completed a book titled The Priority of the Other: Thinking and Living Beyond the Self, which seeks to complement his longstanding interest in the self with an in-depth exploration of the category, and place, of the other in psychological life.
- Time, Memory, & the Life Story
- History and Theory
- Re-Imagining the Self
- Animal, Human, Divine
- Time, Self, & the Good Life
View a more complete listing of publications (PDF format)
- The Burden of Truth: Psychoanalytic Poiesis and Narrative Understanding.
- Charting the Narrative Unconscious: Cultural Memory and the Challenge of Autobiography.
- Death, Narrative Integrity, and the Radical Challenge of Self-Understanding:A Reading of Tolstoy's Death of Ivan Ilych.
- Mythical Time, Historical Time, and the Narrative Fabric of the Self.
- Culture, Narrative, and the Poetic Construction of Selfhood.
- The Priority of the Other: Mysticism's Challenge to the Legacy of the Self.
- Too Late: The Temporality of Memory and the Challenge of Moral Life.
- Beyond Narrative: Dementia's Tragic Promise
- History, Narrative, and Life-Span Developmental Knowledge
- Theory Beyond Theory
- The Personal and Beyond: Simone Weil and the Necessity/Limits of Biography
- "Even Amidst": Rethinking Narrative Coherence
- Life Without Narrative: Autobiography, Dementia, and the Nature of the Real
- Life "On Holiday"? In Defense of Big Stories
- Life and Literature: Continuities and Discontinuities
- Worded Images, Imaged Words: Helen Keller and the Poetics of Self-Representation
- Data Are Everywhere: Narrative Criticism in the Literature of Experience
- The Development Within: An Alternative Approach to the Study of Lives