The Webbed Self: Deconstructing Individualism

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A deconstruction of the doctrine of Individualism that is grounded in a systemic critique of the Western intellectual tradition. The anaysis draws upon the latest results of natural science to develop an interdisciplinary field-theoretic metaphysic that resolves the problem of freedom and determinism, critiques conservative and liberal ideologies, and integrates ecology and economics, thus laying the foundation for a practical and socialy constructive alternative politics in this post-industrial world of globalized institutions.


Keywords: Individualism, Western Intellectual Tradition, Ecological Vision, Webbed-self, Field-theoretic Metaphysic, Alternative Politics
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Webbed Self, The


Dr. David Sprintzen

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy
C. W. Post College, Long Island University

Syosset, New York, USA

I am a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Long Island University, having served as Chairperson of the Philosophy Department at C. W. Post College, and as Vice-Chairperson of the College’s Faculty Council and Vice- President of the University Senate. I have authored three books, including "Camus: A Critical Examination," and "Sartre and Camus: An Historic Confrontation," as well as many theoretical articles, public presentations, and practical strategies. I am also the founder, and for the first 20 years of its now 28 year history, Co-Chair of the Long Island Progressive Coalition. I served on Governor Mario Cuomo’s Shoreham Commission and, among numerous honors and awards, received a few months ago an award from Vision Long Island for being the founder of the movement for sustainability on Long Island.

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