Today: Dr Patrick Stokes, ‘Some Kierkegaardian Contributions to Analytic Philosophy of Personal Identity’

Deakin University philosophy seminar series
Dr Patrick Stokes (Deakin University) presents ‘The Naked Self: Some Kierkegaardian Contributions to Analytic Philosophy of Personal Identity’
Tuesday 6 March from 3.30-5pm in C2.05 on Deakin University’s Burwood campus, videolinked to ic1.108 on the Waurn Ponds campus

In 2012, Deakin University will be hosting a series of philosophy seminars. These seminars are planned for each Tuesday afternoon. For a full schedule of coming presentations, visit http://deakinphilosophicalsociety.com/calendar.

Today, Tuesday 6 March from 3.30-5pm in c2.05 on the Burwood campus (videolinked to ic1.108 on the Waurn Ponds campus), Dr Patrick Stokes from Deakin University will presents ‘The Naked Self: Some Kierkegaardian Contributions to Analytic Philosophy of Personal Identity’.

ABSTRACT
Kierkegaard is a philosopher with striking — and often confronting — things to say about the nature, structure, constitution and importance of selfhood, yet he his work has been almost totally absent from contemporary discussions of self and identity. I argue that Kierkegaard’s reflexive understanding of memory and anticipation, particularly his discussions of ‘contemporaneity’ as an experience of phenomenal co-presence with past and future events, offer useful insights for these discussions. However, Kierkegaard’s understanding of selfhood also challenges contemporary accounts of the self (both metaphysical and practical) due to its fundamentally normative, eschatologically-oriented nature, and its corresponding dual temporality. Ultimately, Kierkegaard offers an irreducibly first-personal, temporally-emplaced model of selfhood that points beyond some of the current impasses in personal identity theory.

Dr PATRICK STOKES
Patrick Stokes is Lecturer in Philosophy at Deakin University. His current research is concerned to bring Kierkegaard into dialogue with contemporary analytic philosophy, as well as to explore the temporal and perspectival aspects of the question of selfhood. He is the author of Kierkegaard’s Mirrors: Interest, Self and Moral Vision (Palgrave, 2010) and, with Adam Buben, the co-editor of Kierkegaard and Death (Indiana UP, 2011).

The 2012 Deakin University seminar series is hosted by the Alfred Deakin Research Institute, the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University.

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