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The World, the Flesh and the SubjectContinental Themes in Philosophy of Mind and Body$
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Paul Gilbert and Kathleen Lennon

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748614981

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614981.001.0001

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Ourselves and Others

Ourselves and Others

(p.140) 7 Ourselves and Others
The World, the Flesh and the Subject

Paul Gilbert

Kathleen Lennon

Edinburgh University Press

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

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