Don’t try philosophy at home kids - experts on closed course only…
Living life is like eating an onion; it stinks, makes you cry, and makes everything else taste better.
Presuppositions… Personkind-ness is a socially conceived (intrapersonal) notion. Beginning with the general “all” or “any”, blithe and benign souls should hold their rights and responsibilities conjointly cherished and mutually inviolable. What I want is my own place in the world and to explore my course/prospects in life with no greater advantage than any other and no reason for lower expectations than I would wish for others. Each of us is susceptible to the claims of another, and we are perpetually “at liberty” to fully exercise personal influence/potency in compliance with common pursuits/efforts - or benefit from lonely liberty not at all.
Argument… What Durkheim calls the “sociality of knowledge” is meant to resolve the duality of human psychology (one-another) by invoking the continuous genesis of socio-psychological “identities” we must produce over time. “The people”, with whom I belong, find expression through me. Different sorts of sociological “identities” must simultaneously co-exist among us, according to Ivana Markova, in discourse/communication or “dialogically”, as she puts it.
The famous “innateness hypothesis” notwithstanding; we each waits for the stimuli, instruction and direction we need to find a (not so private, but certainly neutral) place to exercise our will. After paring down both the benefits and the disadvantages of the interpersonal “society/sociality” that integrates us, we eventually (if not originally) arrive at our “personal agency”.
Conclusion…We cannot find our true “selves” in the genomic biology that merely explains how we mechanically monitor, grasp or move about the world. What can grow in the ‘individual’ brain, e.g. a tumor, cannot grow in the mind, and what may grow in the ‘individual’ mind, e.g. a person, cannot grow in the brain. And, “my mind” (cogitation) is not exclusively in “my” head.
Standing knock-out… The Republican Party has lost both elections and public debate over social and fiscal issues; but, while reeling, don’t seem to realize, yet, they have been stopped. The media ref counts slowly enough for them to beat the bell, if they can gather themselves for more of the fair butt-whuppin’ their lack of talent deserves.