Ambivalent Personhood

in Emotions and Personhood

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Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199660575
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191754784 | DOI:

Series: ippp (international perspectives in phlosophy and psychiatry)

Ambivalent Personhood

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Chapter 5 argues—aided by a discussion of the biological theory of Eric T. Olson and the constitution view of Lynn R. Baker—that human personhood is marked by a basic sense of ambivalence that stems from its ambiguous ontology (subjectivity and biology). Human beings are personal animals. This means that to explain what it is to be a person involves an approach that takes account of both the biological and the phenomenological aspect of human nature. The chapter argues that personal identity is constituted, not only by who we reflectively consider ourselves to be or which kind of person we are in the eyes of other people, but also by the pre-reflective and sometimes cognitively impenetrable feelings involved in being the person that each of us is. These feelings are influenced and conditioned by subjective and biological factors.

Chapter.  9212 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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