Psychocorporeal Selfhood, Practical Intelligence, and Adaptive Autonomy

  • Diana Tietjens Meyers
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 118)


How must selfhood be construed given that people are vulnerable to identity crises? How must agency be construed given that some people skirt potential identity crises? After explaining what an identity crisis is, I examine Charles Taylor’s and David Velleman’s accounts of identity, agency, and identity crises. In the spirit of Merleau-Ponty’s account of habit and J. J. Gibson’s account of the relation between corporeity and affordances, I sketch an account of practical intelligence that includes four psychocorporeal components – psychocorporeal virtue, psychocorporeal cognition, psychocorporeal versatility, and psychocorporeal memory. I conclude by connecting my position to Aristotle’s views about practical understanding and by arguing that both Taylor and Velleman have reason to embrace my position.


Personal Identity Autonomous Action Borderline Personality Disorder Identity Transition Identity Crisis 
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I presented this paper at Groningen University Medical School under the sponsorship of the Expertisecentrum Ethiek in de Zorg, the conference on the Politics of Bodies and Spaces at Radbound University, Nijmegen, and the Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, at Dalhousie University, Halifax, and I thank all of these audiences for their comments. In addition, I am indebted to Asha Bhandary, Patrick Flemming, Marilyn Friedman, Boram Lee, Catriona Mackenzie, Amy Mullin, Douglas Osborn, Andrew Schwartz, B. Jay Strawser, and the editors of this volume for comments on various drafts of this paper. I thank Caitlin Purvin-Dunn for help preparing the manuscript for publication.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyLoyola UniversityChicagoUSA

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