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Ourselves and Others

Paul Gilbert and Kathleen Lennon

in The World, the Flesh and the Subject

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780748614981
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652495 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614981.003.0007
Ourselves and Others

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This chapter identifies different moments in the formation of subjectivity and reveals how, at each of these moments, subjectivity is constitutively linked to inter-subjectivity. Our own selves are ontologically dependent on other selves, to whom we stand in particular relations. The moments, which have sometimes been discussed here in developmental terms, capture aspects of selfhood, all of which remain in play in adult life. The identifications with others, the weaving of others into our bodily gestalt, the response to the look of others, the positioning of ourselves and others within language and the recognition of radical difference are aspects of our everyday living alongside others that makes our own formation as subjects possible.

Keywords: subjectivity; moments; selves; selfhood

Chapter.  7977 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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