I and We: Self and Community

The aim of the conference is to discuss the following questions:

  • What is the relation between the I and the we? Is a plurality of fairly robust selves a precondition for the emergence of a we? Does the first-person plural perspective presuppose the first-person singular perspective, or is it the other way around? Is selfhood socially constituted? Is the I communally grounded? Or is it perhaps better to see the I and the we as equiprimordial?
  • To what extent does the first-person plural perspective precede, preserve or abolish the difference between the participating first-person singular perspectives?
  • What is the link between self-identity and collective identity? How does group identification, and the adoption of a we-perspective, enable, change, transform or expand self-identity?

The conference will be interdisciplinary in nature, and the invited plenary speakers will come from philosophy, developmental psychology, sociology, psychiatry, and intellectual history.

Confirmed speakers include Margaret Gilbert, Peter Gordon, Peter Hobson, Elisabeth Pacherie, Marya Schechtman, Hans Bernhard Schmid, Robert Wilson & Dan Zahavi.