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In other words, if humans do not admit and respect the Other (non-human) as a core aspect of its own constitution, its "selfness" will dissolve in the subjugation of the Other into its own epistemology.
No intrinsic quality of "selfness" will subsist beneath those perceptions and infuse them with some induplicable savor.
[I]n the figure of the slave Martial probes the unruly uncanniness of the literary artifact, its selfness cleaving to and from its thingdom.
is the non-material spirit that gives each individual his unique selfness" (Carruthers, 1984, 66).
Each contributed to the rise of systematic theology in the Christian faith, what Aldous Huxley called that "busy fantasy of jurists" men who were "so far from having transcended selfness and the prejudices of education that they had the folly and presumption to interpret the universe in terms of the Jewish and Roman law with which they happened to be familiar" and who in the process well ruined the best of what Jesus's teaching had to offer.
A careful reading of Paradise Lost will also disabuse us of the notion that Satan is the hero of the poem: "It is not Milton's concept of Satan that has changed as we work our way through the poem: it is the reader's having fallen into his trap of finding in Satan a 'heroic' figure that should have changed, for in life humankind does seem to find evil, immorality, and fairly exclusive selfness attractive" (150).
"Both men I have commended showed great courage, with Mr Creber showing outstanding and selfness disregard for his safety by tackling Leigh Snaith."
Shelley's problematic is not that of self-other in the relation between Victor and the creature, but that of selfness and difference.
But Rousseau somehow close to Kant's critical ideas--does not give primacy to the artist's consciousness or to the absolute expressed in the work: "he shows how artist and work can both be characterised in terms of selfness and yet be different, and he tries to relate that difference to the physical existence of the work of art, its presence within 'earthly life.'" (72) According to Weber, in the work, the main concern for Rousseau is Pygmalion's desire for Galatea; and in the ending, after Pygmalion has given (his) being to Galatea, Rousseau seems to give priority to the work over the artist.
A conception of the self as always in a moving and constitutive relation to the other creates a kind of vibrating energy in the intersubjective space--the otherness of the other and the selfness of the self are not subsumed in this energy; rather, their mutual exclusion is precisely what sets it in motion.
Scollon (1991) and Shen (1989) attribute the indirectness in Chinese writing to the "Confucian" sense of self in Chinese culture which is different from the Western image of "selfness."
"We observe a strong trend toward wellness in a way which can be described as 'selfness.' This means that consumers are taking an active role in their own well-being," explained Rita Koster, global marketing manager, home care/I&I.