The Network Self: Relation, Process, and Personal Identity (Routledge Studies in American Philosophy) (Paperback)

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The concept of a relational self has been prominent in feminism, communitarianism, narrative self theories, and social network theories, and has been important to theorizing about practical dimensions of selfhood. However, it has been largely ignored in traditional philosophical theories of personal identity, which have been dominated by psychological and animal theories of the self. This book offers a systematic treatment of the notion of the self as constituted by social, cultural, political, and biological relations. The author's account incorporates practical concerns and addresses how a relational self has agency, autonomy, responsibility, and continuity through time in the face of change and impairments. This cumulative network model (CNM) of the self incorporates concepts from work in the American pragmatist and naturalist tradition. The ultimate aim of the book is to bridge traditions that are often disconnected from one another-feminism, personal identity theory, and pragmatism-to develop a unified theory of the self.

About the Author

Kathleen Wallace is Professor of Philosophy at Hofstra University, USA. She has worked in American Philosophy, and is an expert on the work of Justus Buchler. She has also worked in the areas of Metaphysics of Personal Identity, Hume Studies, and Feminism. Some representative articles include include "Personal Identity of an Intersectional Self," "On-line Anonymity," "Educating for Autonomy: Identity and Intersectional Selves," and "Autonomous 'I' of an Intersectional Self."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781032093550
ISBN-10: 1032093552
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: June 30th, 2021
Pages: 244
Language: English
Series: Routledge Studies in American Philosophy