Self-construction and the Formation of Human Values: Truth, Language, and Desire

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998 - Philosophy - 205 pages

This volume presents a theoretical defense of the potential of ordinary individuals to construct values and through them to become self-empowering, responsible participants in a democratic community. Rather than conceiving of power as domination, the author identifies true power as self-empowerment, a notion based on self-construction. He proposes the vision of an authentically free self filled with a compassion that is a composite of reason and feeling. Such a composite self does not consciously manipulate language, truth, and desire to dominate and subordinate other individuals, but uses them to construct values and norms that can enrich others. To support his argument the author draws on both classical and contemporary philosophers, as well as on literary sources.

 

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Contents

Foucault and Habermas
1
2 SelfConstruction and the Formation of Values that Empower
37
Power and Domination
69
Power in the American Pragmatic Tradition
123
5 Conclusion
183
Bibliography
195
Index
199
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About the author (1998)

TEODROS KIROS is Master Lecturer in Philosophy at Suffolk University and Associate-in-Residence in the Department of Afro-American Studies, Harvard University. He is the author of Toward the Construction of a Theory of Political Action: Antonio Gramsci (1985), Moral Philosophy and Development: The Human Condition in Africa (1992), and numerous journal articles. He is an editor of New Political Science and co-editor of The Promise of Multiculturalism (1998).

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