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By Tim R. Johnston

In this publication, Johnston argues that confirmation isn't just encouragement or aid, but in addition the first mechanism we use to shape our identities and create secure areas. utilizing the paintings of feminist care ethics and the contemplating French thinker Henri Bergson to check responses to college bullying and abuses confronted via LGBT older adults, he offers the theoretical research and functional instruments LGBT humans and their allies intend to make all areas, private and non-private, areas within which we will stay brazenly as contributors of the LGBT community.

With its mix of philosophical conception and on-the-ground activist event, this article will be helpful to an individual drawn to philosophy, women’s and gender reports, psychology, getting older, geriatrics, and LGBT activism.

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It is personal identities that dictate how I ought to behave. R. JOHNSTON Similar to attentive love, holding takes on a particular importance for the family. Families, understood broadly, are the primary sites for identity formation. Just as families are primarily responsible for initially constructing the child’s identity, so, too, are they primarily responsible for holding the child in it. They do this by treating him in accordance with their narrative sense of him, and in so doing, they reinforce those stories.

1996. Lettin It All Hang Out: An Autobiography. New York: Hyperion. CHAPTER 3 Embodied Memory and Fluid Mobility Abstract This chapter turns to the work of French philosopher Henri Bergson to accomplish two goals. First, I use Bergson’s distinction between spatial and temporal thought to explain how inanimate objects and environments can be constitutive components of affirmative feedback loops. Second, through a close reading of Bergson’s description of memory, I extend my account of affirmation from the psychological into the somatic.

Looking at my coffee cup I can only see the side that is facing me, and yet I do not deny the existence of the cup’s other side, nor do I make the cup’s existence dependent upon my perception. Likewise, I recognize that I can only experience the world from a particular vantage point. ” If my cat pushes my coffee cup off the desk it will fall to the ground, likely shattering. As an observer fixed to a particular position I experience this domestic catastrophe as a series of images. These images are like frames of celluloid film taken from the fixed position of the camera lens, but these images are facets of objects that interact regardless of my perceiving them.

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