The Fragmented Self/Subject

William Mathews


Dr McShanes discussion paper drew my attention to the theme of fragmentation. There is the fragmentation in our sense of our known worlds brought about by the relentless explosion of change in our collective knowledge and the related life styles which it necessitates. There is also the fragmentation in our sense of ourselves which will be our present concern.

Alasdair Macintyre poses the question, how do actions and conversations add up or cohere in the unity of a human life? Translating MacIntyres question we can ask: how might questions, insights, formulations, judgements, and decisions add up, cohere, and shape the form and identity of the self in time? It is a question which I believe students of Lonergan need to address.


identity formation, McShane, Lonergan, Macintyre

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