Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Lähteenmäki, Vili
Organisation University of Helsinki
Project title
Thick Subjects: A Reconsideration of Early Modern Views of the Self
Decision No. 330409
Decision date 28.05.2020
Funding period 01.09.2020 - 31.08.2024
Funding 480 000
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Project description
This project brings together a constellation of approaches to consider in a novel way the question of how the self is conceived in the early modern period, in particular in texts of early modern women philosophers. One aspect of the overall motivation of this project is that the usual contrast between rationalist and empiricist traditions should not be let to conceal significant similarities: several early modern authors, including such central figures as Descartes, Locke, and Hume, contribute to a line of thinking about a sufficiently unified thick self that is both ordered enough to ground the idea of a single continuing individual self and rich enough to ground ideas of a moral and political agency. This calls for concentrated scholarly investigation on how exactly a simple subject of thought relates to an embodied subject not only fit for emotions and sensations but also for socially embedded moral agency.