Personally I share your anxiety that there is no book which
satisfactorily answer to your student's need. But within the CHAT
tradition Feliks Mikhailov's "Riddle of the Self" would be a good
start. As you know it can be read in full on the internet (posted with
Feliks' permission by the way). Hegel's System of Ethical Life and
Science of Logic are too antique and difficult to read I guess. James
Heartfield's "The 'Death of the subject' Explained" is useful though
it critiques its opponents with a sledge hammer and that is not good.
What about Bourdieu's "Distinctions"? A fine piece of work, or one of
his smaller books like "The Logic of Practice"? Lois McNay is good on
Foucault and subjectivity, e.g. "Foucault and Feminism: power, gender
and the self"
In my own personal opinion, subjectivity is moral agency + knowing +
identity, and I know of no writer of the past 150 years who treats it
that way, preferring to write only within their academic specialism, I
guess, but see no reason for me to abandon my position on that.
At 06:18 PM 23/11/2005 -0300, you wrote:
OK-- So I am giving seminars and lectures and having discussions
with students and faculty at Pontificia Univ Catholica in Santiago.
A student walks in at the end of the day, after participating in
some of these events, and says that he wishes to do empirical work
in community psychology to get a degree. He wishes to be able to
say something about the subjectivity of participants in a community
organization. What should he read?
He has read theoretical work about subjectivity, but he is not
clear how these theories (from French writers, mostly, I believe)
can be applied in community research that might actually answer a
question about subjectivity.
Question: What should he read?
I have started reading Judith Butler and am not sure if I will find
the answer to his question there, but with 1-2 3 hour sessions a
day, I will not find out by Friday.
Can you help Ignacio and me with his question? Please?
Hegel Summer School 17th February 2006, University of Melbourne
"UnReason in Revolt - Postmodern Conservatism"
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