Outline of a Theory of the Person for Historical-Biographical Study

By Admir Skodo.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Looking at the way the person is studied and
conceptualized in the humanities in general, and in
historical-biographical studies in particular, many
shortcomings become visible, which in my view prompts a
serious epistemological, metaphysical and normative interest
in the person. Recent studies in neuroscience, cognitive
science, psychology, and Post-analytic philosophy have made
strong headway in our understanding of the person. To be
more specific, I believe that the results and insights from
these studies can be incorporated into a holistic and
normative theory of the person. Holistic because I argue
that the person is best understood as being composed of
elements and relations of many orders, and a sufficiently
large amount of them are interrelated. The view is normative
for two reasons: first, as in non-objective, because the
theory’s validity stems only from a certain epistemological
perspective. Second, it is normative as in prescriptive,
that is, I am arguing that any scholar in the humanities
studying the person should take this theory to be
delineating the necessary, appropriate and justified
presuppositions for the study of the person. The theory
gives us a proper direction, which entails that several
other current and fashionable directions are seen as
inadequate. An outline of the theory, the systematic account
of which is part of a larger project of mine, will be given
in this essay.

Keywords: The Person, Interdisciplinarity, Holism, Normativity, Biography, History

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.59-70. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.172MB).

Admir Skodo

Ph.D. Researcher, Department of History and Civilization, European University Institute, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


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