Toward a philosophy of interpersonal self and self-esteem
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Cultural Foundations of Education
Postmodern, Feminist, Interpersonal self, Self-esteem
Philosophy | Psychology
This dissertation starts with a conceptual analysis of traditional conceptions of self and self-esteem as derived from a range of literature (self-esteem tests, curricula, research, and essays). Two main competing conceptions emerge, "dominance" and "empathetic." Rather than take sides, the author delves into some of the strengths and weaknesses of both conceptions to reveal that they actually share "weak" metaphysical assumptions. The author targets these assumptions and draws upon what he terms "resistance" notions of self and self-esteem (post-modern "discursive" and radical feminist "equi-relational"), in addition to the philosophy of Hans-Georg Gadamer, to form a philosophical alternative--the "interpersonal" conception of self and self-esteem. Conversation is used as a guiding metaphor in drawing the "interpersonal" conception into the larger media of classroom and society.
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Yiamouyiannis, Zeus John, "Toward a philosophy of interpersonal self and self-esteem" (1998). Cultural Foundations of Education - Dissertations & Theses. Paper 34.