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Rethinking the Western understanding of the self / Ulrich Steinvorth. [electronic resource]

Author/Creator:
Steinvorth, Ulrich, author.
Publication:
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
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Book
1 online resource (vii, 222 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
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Subjects:
Self (Philosophy) -- Europe.
Descartes, René, 1596-1650.
Language:
English
Summary:
Ulrich Steinvorth offers a fresh analysis and critique of rationality as a defining element in Western thinking. Steinvorth argues that Descartes' understanding of the self offers a more plausible and realistic alternative to the prevailing understanding of the self formed by the Lockean conception and utilitarianism. When freed from Cartesian dualism, such a conceptualization enables us to distinguish between self and subject. Moreover, it enables us to understand why individualism - one of the hallmarks of modernity in the West - became a universal ideal to be granted to every member of society; how acceptance of this notion could peak in the seventeenth century; and why it is now in decline, though not irreversibly so. Most importantly, the Cartesian concept of the self presents a way of saving modernity from the dangers that it now encounters.
Contents:
The West and the self
Basics of philosophical psychology. Heideggerian and Cartesian self
Free will
Cartesian, Lockean, and Kantian self
Extraordinariness and the two stages of rationality
The Cartesian self in history. The cause and content of modernity
The second-stage rationality in history
Economic rationality
The Cartesian self in the twentieth century
Value spheres. A diagnosis and therapy for modernity
Value spheres defined and the state
The serving spheres
Technology
Utilitarian or Cartesian approach
The media and the professions
Science
Art and religion
Sport
Latin and absolute love
A self-understanding not only for the West. Is the core idea of modernity realizable at all?
Harnessing extraordinariness
Cartesian modernity
The undivided, universally developed individual
The end of history?
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 01 Feb 2016).
ISBN:
1-107-19388-5
1-139-17525-4
0-511-65106-6
0-511-59302-3
0-511-59209-4
0-511-59495-X
OCLC:
609843121