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Narrative, Self-Realization, and the Shape of a Life. / Clark, Samuel John Allen.

In: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Vol. 21, No. 2, 04.2018, p. 371-385.

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Clark, SJA 2018, 'Narrative, Self-Realization, and the Shape of a Life', Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 371-385. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10677-018-9885-7

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Clark, Samuel John Allen. / Narrative, Self-Realization, and the Shape of a Life. In: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. 2018 ; Vol. 21, No. 2. pp. 371-385.

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