Royce on Self and Relationships: Speaking to the Digital and Texting Self of Today

Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32 (2):285-303 (2018)
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Abstract

Technology brings both positive and negative benefits for humankind. It is not surprising, then, that the new technologies of the Internet, social media, and the ever-present cell phone incite some serious philosophical questions. These questions center on concepts of self and relationships with self and others. First, how is Internet and phone technology impacting our concept of the self? Second, how has this technology changed the way we relate to each other? What kind of sense of community and understanding of social relations is being fostered by the Internet and by our cell phone use? What is our new understanding of "friendship"? Does this new technology foster relationships and genuine friendships, or are we...

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