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Contributor: Universidad Carlos III de MadridVanderbilt University

Issued date: 2011-06-20

Rights: Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 España

Description:Third Workshop Identity, Memory, Experience -Trauma, memory, oblivion: On responsabilities to the past-. Pratt Institut, New York USA, June 20-21, 2011

Autor: Eugenio Pérez, Guillermo de



Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Repositorio institucional e-Archivo Área de Filosofía DHFLL - FIL - Comunicaciones en Congresos y otros eventos 2011-06-20 Masks in the Public Space Eugenio Pérez, Guillermo de Descargado de e-Archivo, repositorio institucional de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid “Masks in the Public Space” III Workshop Identity, Memory, Experience. Guillermo de Eugenio Perez Universidad Carlos III Madrid The fantastic level and the realistic level, are the two levels upon which we live. But which is the real one, really? When you live on the fantastic level but have to operate on the realistic level, that’s when you get spooked. Tennessee Williams, The Night of the Iguana. 1.
Introduction A central issue in human sciences is the configuration of identity as a result of social interactions.
There have been several approaches from different angles: sociology (Giddens, ;Goffman), anthropology, developmental psychology (Piaget), etc.
Regarding philosophy, it has seldom been assumed that an ontological or ethical study should prevail, and so the expression of the inner self should take priority over other considerations.
However, a study of identity cannot be developed without giving an account, not only of the relationship between the Self and the Other, but also of the complex web of relationships that we call the “public sphere”, which have been reshaped from late modernity (Sennet,1947).
As a reflection of this exposure to others, the modern individual has been creating an inner space, which we call “intimacy”, which is not conceivable without reference to the public space.
So, public and private spaces (even inner, psychological spaces) are intrinsically intertwined, or, so to speak, two faces of the same coin. Since knowledge of public performance has great importance for identity studies (Butler, 1999), bodily features, physiological clues and gestures and, gen...

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