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Petrovskiy, V.A. (2010). Does "I" exist as subject of cognition, will and feelings?

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Methodology and History of Psychology. 2010. Volume 5. Issue 1
Psychological Variations
Scientific article
Does "I" exist as subject of cognition, will and feelings?
Petrovskiy, Vadim Arturovich
The author differentiates: the word "I" that exists in the culture ("I" as cultural sign); I-prototypes in the psyche – sensory impressions of "I" as cultural sign; the idea of I in the individual life. Attempts to hypostatize existing understanding of the "I" as producing basis of perception, action, experience are absurd: there is no any epistemological (knowing), volitional (acting), existential (experiencing) subject as primary basis of the individual activities. All of this are fictions, mirages, imaginaries. The analysis, however, shows that they are capable of revealing their participation in being. Cultural signs of "I", sensually imprinted in the psyche, being the prototypes of I, still are not I themselves. But individual whose activity is mediated by the prototypes of I – "patterns", "compositions", "pictures", "drawings", "icons" in the sensual material of psyche, as well as texts that describe the relationship between them, claims about himself as real I (imaginary I turns here into I-genuine, I-real). Real I is a form of individual existence, defined by the meeting of his inherent subjectless activity with signs presenting the prototypes of I. Prototype of I is transformed into real I, when it mediates impulses of individual activity aspiring outward; therefore the world changes, and addresses new challenges to individual; individual responds to them with new impulses, mixing them with his subjectless spontaneity. At each new turn individual activity is not only mediated by the signs of I, but also modifies them: at the same time they return to themselves, turning from intermediaries of individual activity in its result. Thus true I is born: subject of knowledge, will and emotions.
  • "I"
  • illusive I
  • real I
  • subject
  • existence
  • reason of self
  • prototypes of I
  • sign
  • hypostasis
  • symbols of infinity
  • mediation
  • idea
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To cite this article
Petrovskiy, V.A. (2010). Does "I" exist as subject of cognition, will and feelings? Methodology and History of Psychology, 5(1), 136-148.

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