My first attempt to formulate my project as simply as possible:
The constitution of the self in general is a necessary condition for the existence of the autonomous self. Although the importance of the autonomous self has been explored extensively in feminist ethics and social-political theory, the moral importance of the basic structure of the self has been largely ignored. In this dissertation, I will explore the way in which depression represents a particular kind of moral vulnerability–different than a simple loss of autonomy–and reveals the critical importance of the self to moral theory in general.
And so begins my experiment in downhill writing. I’m tired of my dissertation getting nowhere, so I have set a deadline for myself. I will have a good rough draft of my entire dissertation submitted to my advisor by Fri, Nov 4th.
Wish me luck!