Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Expanding identity: The significance of oikeiosis for contemporary ethics
by Gilbert, Harlan, Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2016, 192; 10189175
Abstract (Summary)

The following work explores two interrelated ideas of Stoic ethics. The first of these is oikeiƓsis, a process of identifying with alterity that enables human identity to become more inclusive and expansive. OikeiƓsis is outwardly directed, bringing ever more complexity to identity by engaging with difference in the world. The second principle is homologia, the goal of establishing a harmonious life. Homologia is inwardly directed, ensuring the coherency and internal consistency of human experience. The two principles express polar aspects of identity, one centrifugal, the other centripetal. I seek to demonstrate that these are mutually supporting directions of moral development that, taken together, offer helpful resolutions to fundamental questions about ethical relationships: Why do (or should) people experience a moral commitment to others? How are commitments to others best balanced with responsibilities to oneself? Does a person have an equal moral obligation to all others, or is it morally legitimate to preference close friends and family?

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McDermott, Robert
Commitee: Edelglass, William, Sherman, Jacob
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: Transformative Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 78/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Ethics, Philosophy
Keywords: Identity, Oikeiosis, Postmodernism, Stoicism
Publication Number: 10189175
ISBN: 9781369456165
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