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Agent, Person, Subject, SelfA Theory of Ontology, Interaction, and Infrastructure$
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Paul Kockelman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199926985

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926985.001.0001

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Selfhood, Affect, and Value

Selfhood, Affect, and Value

(p.171) 6 Selfhood, Affect, and Value
Agent, Person, Subject, Self

Paul Kockelman

Oxford University Press

This chapter uses the foregoing framework to move from meaning to value, and from cognition to affect. In part, it focuses on value in an existential sense: the fundamental commitments of identity that constitute the ultimate grounds for human action, itself a determining factor in human-specific forms of ‘choice’. In part, it theorizes selfhood, and the kinds of reflexivity and reflectivity that characterize it. In part, it uses this understanding of selfhood to theorize affective unfoldings, or ‘emotion’, in relation to mode of care and forms of accountability. And in part, it moves from semiotic processes to semiotic actors, focusing on the evaluating agents, persons, subjects, and selves that constitute the roots and fruits of residence in, and representations of, the world.

Keywords:   selfhood, affect, identity, value

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