Protreptic Help for the Homeless Self

Mads Petersen

Student thesis: Master thesis


In this thesis I will take a look at some of the problems which is presented to the self in our contemporary society, and how we might potentially solve these.
I will start by examining the self and how it is situated in the world. Here I will take a hermeneutic approach and analyze the self from different perspectives. I will do an in depth examination through Paul Ricoeur in the self’s identity and narrativity. Then I will go on to examine different kinds of power, and how they relate to the self. I will here distinguish between 3 different kinds of power, and have an in depth analysis of power as production and power as potential. From here on I will make an analyze of how the, identity, narrativity and the self, relate to the concepts of power.
I will from there on try to describe our contemporary societal structure, through the notion of postfordism with the likes of Paolo Virno, Michel Foucault, Alain Ehrenberg and more. I will then look at how these structures influence the self, and what kind of problems this seems to create for the self. I will then look at different ways in which different coaching styles try to solve these problems, and how these approaches might be problematic. Lastly I will present the protreptic practice and look into how it relates to these problems of the self, for then in the end to look into how it could potentially be solved.

EducationsMSc in Philosophy, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2016
Number of pages79
SupervisorsOle Fogh Kirkeby