CFS Lecture by Ingolf Dalferth: "Situated Selves in 'Webs of Interlocution': What Can We Learn from Grammar?"

Lecture by Ingolf Dalferth, Institut für Hermeneutik und Religionsphilosophie, Universität Zürich.

The thesis for which I am going to argue is that the term 'self' has to be understood not as a noun but as an operator. Against the backdrop of relational accounts of the self I shall argue that the self is not a relation but a mode of relating that can best be explained as an orientational device which helps us to reduce the complexity of situations to something with which we can cope and in which we can act.