David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Continental Philosophy Review 35 (1):61-76 (2002)
Poststructuralists have tried to deconstruct the subject, that is, demonstrate that it is constituted by the system of cultural and linguistic relations in which it is found. The result is that just at the moment when self-actualization seems for the first time to be politically possible for many hitherto marginalized subjects, they, and subjects more generally, appear to have been denatured – reduced to the cultural systems which are the condition of their possibility and consequently deprived of the freedom which is clearly necessary for any form of self-actualization. This paper, while acknowledging that subjects are indeed culturally and linguistically constituted, argues on the basis of a holistic, emergent property hypothesis that structure or form can generate content that nevertheless transcends the structure or form that constitutes it. On this view the subject is irreducibly transcendent to the system of relations from within which it arises, and the deconstructed subject thus remains capable of free choice and self-actualization.
|Keywords||Philosophy Phenomenology Philosophy of Man Political Philosophy|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
William Bogard (1998). Sense and Segmentarity: Some Markers of a Deleuzian-Guattarian Sociology. Sociological Theory 16 (1):52-74.
Ted Honderich (2005). On Determinism and Freedom. Edinburgh Up.
Claudia Leeb (2009). The Im-Possibility of a Feminist Subject. Social Philosophy Today 25:47-60.
Finn Spicer (2010). Cultural Variations in Folk Epistemic Intuitions. Review of Philosophy and Psychology 1 (4):515-529.
William S. Wilkerson (2009). In the World but Not Of the World. Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 14 (1):113-129.
Jaysankar Shaw (2011). Freedom: East and West. Sophia 50 (3):481-497.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads33 ( #117,838 of 1,792,080 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #344,915 of 1,792,080 )
How can I increase my downloads?