Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Three Facets of Self-Awareness

In my attempt to understand and articulate my intuition in the previous post [Tribal Spirit], I am reading the last chapter of Joseph Newirth's ``Between Emotion and Cognition: The Generative Unconscious.'' Here is an extremely important and insightful paragraph:

Continental philosophers rejected the Cartesian paradigm of the isolated thinker, … They conceptualized subjectivity, or self-consciousness, as a function of interaction with other human beings, and awareness of one's subjectivity as a social experience. The continental philosophers held several alternative views of the structure of subjectivity, intersubjectivity, and the development of self-consciousness: a phenomenological perspective in which individual self-consciousness precedes the encounter with the other and is inherent in infantile states of prereflective  awareness; a dialectical perspective in which subjectivity is a result of a struggle with the other for recognition; and an existential or generative perspective that conceptualizes subjectivity as an emergent quality of the rootedness of human beings in a cultural matrix. These three philosophical positions can be thought of as parallel to contemporary psychoanalytic positions of subjectivity and intersubjectivity: the phenomenological subject, subjectivity as a dialectical struggle for recognition, and subjectivity as generative of symbolic meaning. From a broad perspective, subjectivity and intersubjectivity include all three perspective; … ---p. 211, Between Cognition and Emotion
To be honest, it is this expression, ``subjectivity as an emergent quality of the rootedness of human being in a cultural matrix,'' that makes me VERY nervous, and in combination with ``subjectivity as generative of symbolic'' and the idea of ``a tribal spirit that constitute identity'' from my previous post [Tribal Spirit], that excites me in an extraordinary way! LOL

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