Reconsidering the Sources of the Self in the Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Periods

Participant

Amy Levine

PhD student, University of Chicago

Amy is a 4th year PhD student in Philosophy and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. She is primarily interested in psychoanalysis and its implications for ethics and moral psychology. In her dissertation, she hopes to locate the psychoanalytic tradition within a broader philosophical tradition of considering life as a whole. Bringing Kant, in particular, into conversation with the developmental understandings of the self and of subjectivity that we can find in psychoanalytic theory, she would like to explore the way this tradition has taken up a conception of the subject as de-centered—as other to itself in important respects—for example, as it is split between the self as subject, as a first-person perspective on the world, and as an object, characterized in general terms and held to normative standards.

She hopes to investigate the ways that we live ambivalently as both subject and object, which she takes to be significant for understanding the nature of desire, and more generally, of our lives with value.

Presentation title: Love and Finitude: Human Incompleteness in Ethics and Psychoanalysis

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