Chapter

Social Mimetism

in The Practices of the Self

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780226468877
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226468549 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226468549.003.0002
Social Mimetism

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This chapter analyzes social mimetism in the context of the theory of the self. It suggests that our thoughts and feelings take shape within a community and inevitably bear the mark of the customs and expectations we acquire within it and that our need to model ourselves on others can also take more complex forms. This chapter also argues that there is no “true self,” if it means a self not imbued with forms of thought that we have made our own by modeling ourselves on others.

Keywords: social mimetism; self; others; true self; thoughts; feelings; customs; expectations

Chapter.  13784 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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