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Dialectics of the self and the collective : a study of the dysfunctional development of the self in relation to the collective in its many forms

Bezerra, Luiz Gustavo;
Open Access
Published: 01 Jan 2022
Country: Finland

The purpose of this thesis is to investigate the relationship between the self and the collective from multiple perspectives. Its dialectical relationship will initially be explored from a political perspective, followed by a psychological study on the theme, giving way for a philosophical take and, finally, a scientific view. The artwork that inspired this investigation is featured after this analysis, followed by an analysis on the art that inspired it. The data collected in this thesis mostly come from journals, books, and research papers, all of which deal with the interactions between the individual and itself as well as various manifestations of the collective. The literature utilized here spans from the 19th century all the way to the 2010s and counts with authors such as Alfred Adler, Carl Jung, Erich Fromm, and Kierkegaard. It was found that a distorted understanding of the self and its properties is at the root of most dysfunctional relationships between the latter and itself and, in turn, the collective. That collectivity can take the form of society, the sum of the publicly available knowledge produced by our species as well as the values of our civilizations, among others. This suggests that a constructive, self-aware, bilateral, and non-hierarchical dynamics between self, itself and collective would provide solutions for many of these problems.


Fine Arts, fi=Kuvataide|sv=Bildkonst|en=Fine arts|, self, identity (mental objects), fine arts, Media & Arts

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