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The Emergence of Subjectivity in the Ancient and Medieval World: An Interpretation of Western Civilization

Jon Stewart


This work represents a combination of different genres: cultural history, philosophical anthropology, and textbook. It follows a handful of different but interrelated themes through more than a dozen texts that were written over a period of several millennia. By means of an analysis of these texts, this work presents a theory about the development of Western Civilization from antiquity to the Middle Ages. The main line of argument traces the various self-conceptions of the different cultures as they developed historically. These self-conceptions reflect different views of what it is to be huma ... More

Keywords: Inwardness, freedom, antiquity, subjectivity, individuality, philosophical anthropology, philosophy of history, Middle Ages, humanities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198854357
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198854357.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon Stewart, author
Research Fellow in the Institute of Philosophy, Slovak Academy of Sciences