1/36: 2 mindblowing papers I’ve read

Ricoeur, Paul. “Narrative Identity.” Philosophy today 35.1 (1991): 73–81.

The self (idem) and the same (ipse) are two separate things. The former is the subject (I), the latter the object (me). They intersect on the human need of preserving a coherent identity to which we access through the self-narratives. But, here the thing: these stories are not 100% real. They are partly historical, partly fictive. Thus, the trueness of a story moves along a spectrum. But if nothing is 100% True, how do we recognize the False?

Haidt, Jonathan, and Craig Joseph. “The moral mind: How five sets of innate intuitions guide the development of many culture-specific virtues, and perhaps even modules.” The innate mind 3 (2007): 367–391.

I’ve always thought that morality was a matter of ensuring freedom and protection to individuals. Then, Jonathan Haidt arrived and told morality is also about to give priority to your own group, respect the authority, and divinity. Moreover, these five moral constraints are perhaps innate and rooted in our biological experience. So, the one who rejoice when an immigrants’ boat sinks in the middle of the Mediterranean sea has just a morality set different from mine?

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The autoethnography of a humanist teacher trying to become a Computer Scientist (and his PHD journey)