get link Instead, she argues—through stories, conceptual analysis, and most often, in that most fertile space where the two meet—that personhood is a practice: it is something that we reify through our actions, attitudes, and attunements toward others. Both socially and morally, we create persons by holding them in certain ways—we [End Page E-1] maintain their identities through stories about what most matters to them, their loves and hates, their commitments, and so on—or we destroy personhood by failing to do so.
To speak about the moral personhood of individuals, therefore, is a task quite different from the one envisioned by supporters of more ideal theories of self that view personhood at best as a collection of qualities or attributes that add up to something more than the sum of their parts; and at worst, as an honorific that does not refer to much of anything in particular, other than to our desire for moral and perhaps social and political recognition.
Lindemann suggests that missing the background the non-agential, the non-voluntary conditions of how we become persons is precisely where philosophy has taken a wrong turn: in a non-trivial way, what, and who, we are is not constituted solely by a collection of reasoned positions or endorsed choices, but by moral communities that work to create, or to undo, themselves, as well as their individual members.
We hold each other well, not so well, or not at all—but it is in these many acts of holding that our identities, and our personhood, form, change, and sometimes disappear. Access options available:.
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