Being Yourself: Essays on Identity, Action, and Social Life

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2004 - Philosophy - 319 pages
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Being yourself: living a life that is truly your own, that expresses your unique personality and your distinctive values. Many people want to live such a life. Being Yourself asks what it takes to do so. It examines questions about the self the individual who acts together with questions about self-expression the relations between the self and action. It explains self-knowledge and self-direction in terms of a repertory of skills that gives people insight into who they are, who they want to be, and how they want to engage with the world. Unlike other accounts of self and action, Being Yourself takes into account the multidimensionality of the self embodiment, interpersonal ties, nonconscious desires, and enculturation as well as rationality. It accents the ways in which atypical emotional responses, empathy, and oppositional imagery can contribute to moral understanding. It argues that repressive regimes cannot completely crush people's determination to live lives of their own, but it shows why it is vital to seek social changes that dismantle obstacles to this kind of life."
 

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[edit] Meyers, methinks, has a hard task in front of her. She is arguing for a relational autonomy, but one that preserves the independence of the agent to choose the groups to which s/he will belong ... Read full review

Contents

The Autonomous Agent
1
Personal Autonomy and the Paradox of Feminine Socialization
3
Intersectional Identity and the Authentic Self? Opposites Attract
13
Decentralizing Autonomy Five Faces of Selfhood
49
The Personal the Political and PsychoCorporeal Agency
77
Moral Reflection
93
The Socialized Individual and Individual Autonomy An Intersection between Philosophy and Psychology
95
Moral Reflection Beyond Impartial Reason
111
Agency in Hostile Social Contexts
181
Cultural Diversity Rights Goals and Competing Values
183
Feminism and Womens Autonomy The Challenge of Female Genital Cutting
203
Rights in Collision A Nonpunitive Compensatory Remedy for Abusive Speech
225
Gendered Work and Individual Autonomy
257
Feminine Mortality Imagery Feminist Ripostes
275
Bibliography
299
Index
311

Emotion and Heterodox Moral Perception An Essay in Moral Social Psychology
137
Narrative and Moral Life
159
About the Author
319
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Page xi - For it matters to us what is said about us, who says it, and to whom it is said: having the opportunity to talk about one's life, to give an account of it, to interpret it, is integral to leading that life rather than being led through it; hence our distrust of the male monopoly over accounts of women's lives.

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Diana Tietjens Meyers is professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

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