The Environmental Relevance of the Idea of a Relational Self

Authors

  • Robert McKim University of Illinois

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/jsrnc.v10i4.20243

Keywords:

Relational self, extended self, environmental goal, interdependence

Abstract

Some scholars propose that the idea of the self as relational is environmentally relevant. I question the meaning, coherence, plausibility, and environmental relevance of the idea of a relational self. However, I also contend that the profoundly important purposes of those who consider this idea about the metaphysics of the self to be environmentally relevant may be achieved by a more commonsensical analysis of the self that has no particular metaphysical implications. Central to this alternative analysis is the idea that we should be in relationships that promote the achievement of an environmental goal that I briefly sketch.

Author Biography

Robert McKim, University of Illinois

Professor, Department of Religion and Department of Philosophy University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Published

2017-01-30

How to Cite

McKim, R. (2017). The Environmental Relevance of the Idea of a Relational Self. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 10(4), 442–458. https://doi.org/10.1558/jsrnc.v10i4.20243

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