WIM-WHF02
How should one live? Ethics as self-reflection and world re-description
Convenors:
Jack Sidnell (University of Toronto)
Shaylih Muehlmann (University of British Columbia)
Chair:
Jack Sidnell
Discussant:
Shaylih Muehlmann
Stream:
Worlds in motion: Worlds, Hopes and Futures/Mondes en mouvement: Mondes, espoirs et futurs
Location:
FSS 4015
Start time:
4 May, 2017 at 14:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

Ethics takes many diverse forms but in its broadest sense concerns answers to the question, "how should one live?". Contributions to this panel will examine the forms this self-reflective stance takes in a range of different contexts.

Long abstract:

Ethics takes many diverse forms but in its broadest sense concerns answers to the question, "how should one live?" or, alternatively, "what kind of person should one be?" Conceptualized in this way, ethical thinking is inherently self-reflective. Adopting an anthropological perspective on these matters and drawing on much recent work in this area (Mahmood 2005, Laidlaw 2013, Mattingly 2014, Lambek et al 2014, Keane 2016) contributions to this panel will examine the forms this self-reflective stance takes in a range of different contexts. More specifically the contributors will examine the ways in which persons engaged in ethical projects seek to re-constitute themselves or re-describe the worlds they inhabit. What techniques of the self or askesis are involved in the constitution of the self as an ethical subject? How are actions justified and explained in the face of the normative expectations they violate? How do persons engaged in the mundane affairs of everyday life imagine a better world and what efforts do they make to bring it into existence?