Sunday, June 23, 2013

Thought of the Week: If we are social constructs, what then is autonomy?


Some sociologists and philosophers reject both an immaterial soul and a 'pearl' of self-hood.  If consciousness is the by-product of a brain weaving disparate impressions together into a coherent but illusionary narrative, if our thought patterns, values, goals, gender, political institutions are all conditioned by culture and social contexts, what then is autonomy and individuality? What is left to be autonomous? What is an individual?

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