Identity of the Ego: conflicting interpretations*

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Abstract

The paper treats the issue of identity of the ego, which constitutes the central problem of personology. The skeptical approach to this problem, which sees it as not being subject to be resolved by means of science, began with D. Hume's work. Contemporary personologists (P. Ricoeur and others) approach this problem through study of culture, which imparts the ego with «narrative identity». Cultural-historic psychology is a «Bridge of interpretations», upon which philosophy of culture meets psychology, and psychological data associated with «personality» are interpreted on the basis of some specific cultural-philosophic theory. The «conflict of inter-pretations» plays and essential role in personology, which participates in the processes of emergence and over¬coming of the cultural crisis. Philosophical and methodological problems that define the near-term perspective development of personology are formulated: whether there are any «ego invariants» that remain regardless of any possible cultural determination; whether the ego possesses any rigidity in relation to cultural determina¬tion and, if it does, what is the nature of this rigidity; whether ego identity is destroyed when cultural deter¬mination diminishes or ceases, etc.

General Information

Keywords: philosophy of culture, personology, personality psychology, interpretation, identity, sameness, narrative.

Journal rubric: Discussions and Discourses

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Porus V.N. Identity of the Ego: conflicting interpretations* . Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2011. Vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 27–35. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Vladimir N. Porus, Doctor of Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, National Research University — Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

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