The Person, the Social Individual, and the Self

Charlotte Witt

in The Metaphysics of Gender

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199740413
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918720 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy

The Person, the Social Individual, and the Self

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This chapter focuses on three topics, which are central to the views presented in this book. First, it approaches the self from the normative perspective to explore how the ascriptivist account of social normativity applies to the self and how it is related to, and intermingled with, voluntarism; this is referred to as the normative situation of the self. Second, it addresses the ontological problem of how the self is related to the trinity of person, social individual, and human organism; this is called the ontology of the self. Is the self the person, the social individual, or the human organism? Or is it a fourth entity that is related in some way to the other three? Finally, the chapter situates a view of the self in relation to recent feminist writing on the topic and, in particular, the view of the self as an embodied and relational being.

Keywords: self; social normativity; voluntarism; person; social individual; human organism; ontology

Chapter.  6605 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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