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Rationalism about Autobiography. / Clark, Samuel John Allen.

Narrative and Self-Understanding. ed. / Garry L. Hagberg. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. p. 53-73.

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Clark, SJA 2019, Rationalism about Autobiography. in GL Hagberg (ed.), Narrative and Self-Understanding. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, pp. 53-73. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-28289-9_4

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Clark, S. J. A. (2019). Rationalism about Autobiography. In G. L. Hagberg (Ed.), Narrative and Self-Understanding (pp. 53-73). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-28289-9_4

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Clark SJA. Rationalism about Autobiography. In Hagberg GL, editor, Narrative and Self-Understanding. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. 2019. p. 53-73 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-28289-9_4

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Clark, Samuel John Allen. / Rationalism about Autobiography. Narrative and Self-Understanding. editor / Garry L. Hagberg. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. pp. 53-73

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