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A Philosophy of Subjectivity for our Globalized Era

Martis, John (2011) A Philosophy of Subjectivity for our Globalized Era. Studies on Life and Culture, 22. pp. 137-154. ISSN 1976-846X

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    Under globalization, the subjectivity linked to human agency is threatened. Causal elements within events often present as technologized, multiplied, scattered, and remote from their effects. They resist attribution in terms of human causal agency, and particularly, individual agency. There can result a perceived loss of the “subject” or “self as agent”, and an associated vacuum of moral agency, encapsulated by a difficulty in answering the questions, “Who acts? Who is responsible?” This absence of the subject exhibits itself most clearly as a dilemma or impasse between two seemingly irreconcilable perspectives on subjectivity: the globalized “lost subject“ and the traditional self-subject. My paper argues that a reconciliation between these perspectives is however possible, following a pattern in which an equivalent disagreement might be resolved within continental philosophy, between secular and faith-cognisant approaches. The resolution is in terms of a “subject-in-loss” – a notion I find latent in the writings of Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, and which presents a philosophy of subjectivity apt for our time.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): globalization, subjectivity, subject, Lacoue-Labarthe, Derrida, agency, self, ethics, identity, agent, other, responsibility, action
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220307 Hermeneutic and Critical Theory
    22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220317 Poststructuralism
    22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): A - Philosophy
    Association with University of Divinity: UFT-JTC: United Faculty of Theology - Jesuit Theological College
    Depositing User: Dr John Martis
    Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2012 10:04
    Last Modified: 22 Mar 2012 10:05
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1051

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