Semantic Apparatus – On the assumption of self-reflective subjectivity

Cited by Lee Sonogan

Reflective Practice - Self Awareness

Abstract by Christoforos Bouzanis

Contemporary social theory has consistently emphasized habitual action, rule-following, and role-performing as key aspects of social life, yet the challenge remains of combining these aspects with the omnipresent phenomenon of self-reflective conduct. This article attempts to tackle this challenge by proposing useful distinctions that can facilitate further interdisciplinary research on self-reflection. To this end, I argue that we need a more sophisticated set of distinctions and categories in our understanding of habitual action. The analysis casts light on the idea that our contemporary social theories of self-reflection are not consistent with everyday notions of agential knowledgeability and accountability, and this conclusion indicates the need to reconceptualize discourse and subjectivity in non-eliminative terms. Ultimately, the assumption of self-reflective subjectivity turns out to be a theoretical necessity for the conceptualization of discursive participation and democratic choice.

Publication: History of the Human Sciences (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

Pub Date: Sep 1, 2021 Doi:

Keywords: human agency, intentionality, self-reflection, social theory, subjectivity

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