This report describes a philosophical investigation of human self-understanding. Through a phenomenologically inspired first-person-perspective, we have sought to describe self-understanding as it appears to us, and tried to comprehend it through the understanding of the self, found in theories of the narrative. As such, our methodological approach is inspired primarily by the work of Edmund Husserl, whose theory of the self has also been discussed in conjunction with those of Paul Ricoeur and Anthony Rudd, who both seek to describe the self by the means of a narrative identity. Our philosophical analysis and discussion have been given an extra dimension through the use of examples of persons who can be said to have a divergent self-understanding. Through our work, it has become clear that there are several fundamental aspects that must be taken into consideration to be able to speak of selfunderstanding, the most important of which are temporality and cohesion. In order to experience oneself as a self, this experience needs to last cohesively through time. Furthermore, an important quality of a satisfying self-understanding is that of meaningfulness. This meaningfulness is partially constituted through an intersubjective interplay, which can also impose expectations on to the self, thus limiting its ability to reach self-understanding. As such, we must conclude that, while the narrative structure can be a helpful tool to reach self-understanding, it is not imperative and may sometimes hinder access to this understanding instead of helping us reach it.
|Uddannelser||Filosofi og Videnskabsteori, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||13 jan. 2014|