Descartes May Have Been Wrong and Why It Matters



By chance I just ran into an essay directly related to my last post about the conflict between the self as isolated individual mind and the self as part of an ensemble or as an inescapably embedded member of a series of relationships.  The essay provides an additional provocation to the way we have historically viewed ourselves in the West. I had been totally unaware of the emerging field of “embodied cognition.”

What I am about to say is a reach, but I find it exhilarating and frightening to think of my identity as taking shape through interactions with others.  Would not such a belief necessarily bring out whatever ethical orientations our human tendencies can allow?  Is not the first step in ethics the acknowledgement of the importance of the interests of the other?

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