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The unknowing self: Knowledge, ignorance, and early modern subjects.

机译:无知的自我:知识,无知和早期的现代学科。

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This dissertation explores the role of ignorance in the process of early modern self-fashioning. Renaissance historiography has, by and large, been based on a Cartesian-cum-Hegelian understanding of the subject as a subject of knowledge. An individual's recognition of her self-motivated agency, her power to act as an independent self, has been read as the product of the generation of knowledge and epistemologies that assert human ability to pursue and master knowledge. Critical theories of subjectivity have challenged the humanist subject and its epistemological foundations, but ignorance and the unknown have rarely been theorized as anything more than empty spaces to be invaded and filled by knowledge. Building on recent philosophical and cultural materialist investigations into knowledge, ignorance, and the subject, my work studies how ignorance can operate as a positive force in the production of the self and how, paradoxically, knowledge can erode the epistemological foundations of subjectivity. Primarily focused on the literature of early modern Europe, this dissertation advances the study of early modern subjectivity as well as the relationship between epistemology and the self as perceived in contemporary theory by tracing the hitherto ignored operations of ignorance and complicating the assumption of a teleological connection between knowledge and subjectivity. In particular, the major areas of study are: how hegemonic discourses produce not only knowledge but also ignorance in order to stabilize the existence and authority of social hierarchies and empowered subject; how the creation and pursuit of knowledge outside of these demarcations can erode the foundations of social identity and individual subjectivity by revealing the fiction of cultural "truths"; how cultural spaces of ignorance can provide disempowered individuals opportunities for resistance and self-fashioning against socially prescribed norms; and how submission to or acknowledgment of one's own ignorance can become internalized as an essential part of a subjectivity that does not rely on knowledge as a form of power.
机译:本文探讨了无知在早期现代自我塑造过程中的作用。文艺复兴时期的历史学基本上是基于笛卡尔和黑格尔对学科作为知识学科的理解。个体对自己的自我激励能力的认可,作为独立自我的能力已被视为知识和认识论的产物,这些知识和认识论断言了人类追求和掌握知识的能力。批判性的主体性理论对人文主义主题及其认识论基础提出了挑战,但是,无知和未知很少被理论化为除了被知识入侵和填充的空白之外。在最近的哲学和文化唯物主义对知识,无知和主题的研究的基础上,我的工作研究了无知如何在自我生产中发挥积极作用,以及反常地知识如何侵蚀主体性的认识论基础。本论文主要研究近代欧洲的文学,通过追踪迄今为止无视的无知操作并使目的论联系的假设复杂化,从而推进了对近代早期主体性以及当代理论中认识论与认识论之间的关系的研究。在知识和主观之间。特别是,主要研究领域是:霸权话语如何不仅产生知识,而且产生无知,以稳定社会等级制度和授权主体的存在和权威。这些界限之外的知识的创造和追求如何通过揭示文化“真相”的虚构而侵蚀社会认同和个人主体性的基础;无知的文化空间如何为被剥夺权利的个人提供抵抗社会规定的抵制和自我塑造的机会;以及如何屈从或承认自己的无知会成为内在性的重要组成部分,而主体性并不依赖于知识作为一种力量。

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  • 作者

    Paul, Ryan Singh.;

  • 作者单位

    The University of Arizona.;

  • 授予单位 The University of Arizona.;
  • 学科 English literature.;Modern literature.;Philosophy.;Womens studies.
  • 学位 Ph.D.
  • 年度 2010
  • 页码 355 p.
  • 总页数 355
  • 原文格式 PDF
  • 正文语种 eng
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  • 入库时间 2022-08-17 11:36:55

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