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The Perception of the Human Self: A Proposal for Ethical Adjustment1

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The Perception of the Human Self: A Proposal
for Ethical Adjustment1
To be published as: Note, N and Aerts, D. (2004). The perception of the human self: A proposal for ethical
adjustment. Differentiation and Integration of Worldviews. International Readings on Theory, History and
Philosophy of Culture.
Nicole Note and Diederik Aerts
Center Leo Apostel, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB),
Krijgskundestraat 33, 1160 Brussels, Belgium
nnote@vub.ac.be, diraerts@vub.ac.be
The late-modern or post-modern era is facing many challenges. Environmental issues,
the fragmentation and moral disintegration of society and increasing levels of aggression
have developed into serious problems worldwide. But also the phenomena of alienation and
unbridled individual autonomy have been recognised as requiring our attention. In this
paper we will set out to argue that at least some of these issues have a common ground for
being rooted in today's perception of the Self. According to this perception, we think of
ourselves as essentially `self-reliant' and surrounded by a world that is sheer concrete reality.
This has made it possible though not necessary! for man to adopt a detached stance
towards his social and physical environment and, on the personal level, has led to a


Source: Aerts, Diederik - Leo Apostel Centre, Vrije Universiteit Brussel


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