We are held responsible for our deeds – even if we did not act according to our will. From a third-person perspective, to be deemed ‘mad’ is to be held not responsible for one’s actions. From a first-person perspective, to be mad is to feel that one’s deeds are not one’s own, thus not responsible for them – or vice versa to feel responsible for deeds that are not one’s own. The vulnerability to madness, the cypher of condicio humana, imbues responsibility: loss of responsibility (alienation) and excess of responsibility (guilt) are the extreme polarities of the dialectics of answerability in human existence. To be human is to be at odds with responsibility, that is, with the involuntary dimension of our being. Responsibility is at the same time a presupposition and a task since society expects a person to feel responsible for her deeds; yet responsibility is not an a priori, rather an achievement to be obtained through education. As …

Werewolf in Kakania. Moosbrugger: an Analysis of His Subjectivity / Stanghellini. - In: EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRY. - ISSN 0924-9338. - ELETTRONICO. - (2015), pp. 0-0.

Werewolf in Kakania. Moosbrugger: an Analysis of His Subjectivity

Stanghellini
2015

Abstract

We are held responsible for our deeds – even if we did not act according to our will. From a third-person perspective, to be deemed ‘mad’ is to be held not responsible for one’s actions. From a first-person perspective, to be mad is to feel that one’s deeds are not one’s own, thus not responsible for them – or vice versa to feel responsible for deeds that are not one’s own. The vulnerability to madness, the cypher of condicio humana, imbues responsibility: loss of responsibility (alienation) and excess of responsibility (guilt) are the extreme polarities of the dialectics of answerability in human existence. To be human is to be at odds with responsibility, that is, with the involuntary dimension of our being. Responsibility is at the same time a presupposition and a task since society expects a person to feel responsible for her deeds; yet responsibility is not an a priori, rather an achievement to be obtained through education. As …
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