Alfino - Fall 2016 - Work on Self and IF
Initial Notes and Ideas for work on "self and intellectual freedom"
- starting intuition (from Summer paper on Offensive Speech) that a deeper explanation for changes in attutudes toward intellectual freedom would need to take into account changes in the way we think about the self.
- enlightenment self -- characterized by rights, autonomy, freedom of expression, but also toleration. Not defined by gender, race, orientation.
- track critiques -- disembodied, disconnected from tradition, identity, religion moves to the private sphere, (find article to do this)
- need to understand how Enlightenment distinguished the private self from the public self.
- what's new? postmodern self, digital self, and therapeutic self (research both)
- Taylor -- sources of the self
- Kant's odd distinction between public and private roles
- Declaration of Universal Rights of Man
- Could it be that we are witnessing the "re-embodiment" of the self following the Enlightenment abstraction of the political subject?
- Could it be that we are changing the way we divide public and private spaces (partly because of the new possibilities of a digitally mediated self)?
- Maybe the ideals of liberty of thought that Mill articulated were never realistic. I mean he was a pretty strange guy.
- Assuming there is a problem in our historical relationship to freedom of conscience. Is there? Evidence from recent years: right not to be offended, right to be forgotten, challenges to academic freedom -- deplatforming, trigger warnings, reporting of faculty for perceived aggression.
- Sources of Enlightenment self (ripped from some Harvard professors' lecture series):
- Lockean theory of self -- first modern theory of personal identity
- Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- Mill's self in On Liberty
- Hume scepticism of self
- The London Journal -- Boswell's diary 1762
- Rousseau's "Confessions of a Solitary Walker"
- Romanticism and the interiority of the self
- Adam Smith -- self as economic/moral agent
- Dangerous Liasons -- self as duplicitous
- Sources of Modern Self
- Cartesian Self
- Christianity (context)
- Philosophers Index: self and enlightenment, enlightenmnet and lib of thought or IF, digital self
- uploading of self -- transhumanism
- social media -- updatin gstatus, managing a public/private self.
- old model: public vs. private
- new model: pulbic, public-private, private