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A more compelling rejection of the ideal of autonomy would have to show how selfhood does not simply consist in a practical relation that we have to ourselves within the context of shared conventions, language, culture, and history, but that it also consists in the various different kinds of practical relations we have to others, which constitute us just as much as our own practical self-relation.
Quinney implicitly sets this self apart from historically-specific modes of conceptualizing selfhood and from the changing historical conditions in which selfhood is experienced.
The latter two chapters of Part 3 elaborate on this fragmented selfhood by showing how the play's "preposterous conclusions" involve both the audience through the device of enargeia (vivid description) and Shakespeare's composition process, which exercises its own kind of ingenuity (183).
Warner's pursuit of representations of souls is connected to questions of selfhood and subjectivity.
He offers no rational solution to this dilemma and simply notes the importance of embodied selfhood implicit in the church's resurrection faith.
The perception of losing autonomous forms of selfhood is also a powerful disincentive for new fathers.
Nor, as Wahrman is certainly aware, was the Modern Regime of Selfhood immune to destabilization, as suggested by the similarity of Wahrman's opposition of the other-directed Ancien Regime of Identity and the inner-directed Modern Self to the dynamic David Reisman posited for postwar American culture, only in reverse.
Central to this interest in split or multiple selfhood and identity is a revisitation of Atwood's preoccupation with the role of language and narrative in the fashioning and preservation of identity.
It's quite possible to maintain one's human dignity and selfhood while imprisoned; not so with torture, which, as Sullivan put in The New Republic, "takes what is animal in us and deploys it against what makes us human.
Thus, an experience that abrogates the will, that denies a man any control over his circumstances, can be experienced not just as a denial of masculine status but also as a shattering of human selfhood.
For the church in any country to have a selfhood of its own, a real and not a borrowed identity is all-important," he wrote in an essay.