[Autom. eng. transl.] Contemporary western societies are experiencing a profound crisis of identity. Loss of trust is a bitter change in the present. It is sufficient to note the multiplication of fears and the general sense of insecurity that plagues people's lives. Now, the interesting aspect is that mistrust, in some way, does not appear explicitly; or rather, it tends to mask itself behind a sense of self-sufficiency, experienced as the ideal of expanding one's autonomy and freedom. To grasp the ambivalence of this contradiction, the category of narcissism reveals its exceptional heuristic scope. Indeed, the oscillation between the megalomanic conception of the self and a sense of real impotence is typical of narcissistic pathology. But if it is true that the West is caught in the grip of this narcissistic contradiction, then it becomes urgent to think, or rethink, the anthropological and political conditions of a possible overcoming of it. The reflection proposed here, which starts from Plato's major Alcibiade, and then questions Fichte's model, is an attempt to respond to this intellectual and historical need.
|Translated title of the contribution||[Autom. eng. transl.] Game of mirrors. Narcissism and educational challenge|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|