The Self

Marcia Cavell

in The Oxford Handbook of the Self

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199548019
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

The Self

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This article examines the co-constitutive relation between self and other. It suggests that the self is not born but emerges in its relations with others. It explains that the self is generated from social relations, and grows with some continuity, and it can also fragment and come apart in ways that can be either pathological or creative. The coming apart of the self can come in the forms of self-deception and denial which are often part of our everyday life, or in the forms of repression and dissociation which may lead further toward pathology.

Keywords: self; social relations; self-deception; self-denial; repression; dissociation

Article.  7118 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy

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