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Dr. Čapek to Speak at Loyola University, January 28th

February 10th, 2016 |  Published in Events

Experience and Storytelling: Narrative Identity and Phenomenology

a talk by

Dr. Jakub Čapek (Charles University, Prague), (Phenomenology Research Center, Carbondale – Fulbright Visiting Scholar)


Thursday, January 28, 2016

4:00-6:00 pm

Cuneo Hall 111

Loyola University Chicago

Lake Shore Campus


Text available upon request (hjacobs@luc.edu)


Abstract: Narrative identity theory in some of its influential variants (A. MacIntyre or P. Ricœur) makes three fundamental assumptions. First, it focuses on personal identity primarily in terms of selfhood. Second, it argues that personal identity is to be understood as the unity of one’s life as it develops over time. And finally, it states that the unity of a life is articulated, by the very person itself, in the form of a story, be it explicit or implicit. In my presentation, I will focus on different contemporary phenomenological appraisals of the narrative account (in the works of David Carr, Dan Zahavi, and László Tengelyi). Having sketched this partly critical debate, some observations will be formulated concerning a possible phenomenological theory of personal identity.


Further details can be accessed here.