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NARRATIVES OF HUMAN PLIGHT: A CONVERSATION WITH JEROME BRUNER

ByJerome Bruner

Professor Jerome Bruner met with Stories Matter editor (RC) in March 2001 for a conversation about the role of narrative knowledge and practice in medicine and ethics. Professor Bruner introduced the concepts of narrative knowledge to us all in his seminal studies Actual Minds, Possible Worlds and Acts of Meaning.1 His formulations of the structure and function of narratives have revolutionized cognitive psychology and the teaching of law, among many other fields. His new book Making Stories: Law, Literature, Life discovers how our deepest notions of the self are organized and enacted narratively.2 Here he speaks about the unity and the meaning of ordinary living achievable through narrative acts, and he suggests narrative means by which bioethicists can improve their practice.