Let the Dissertation Begin!

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!

Comments 3

  1. avatar Clare Atkins wrote:

    Definitely wishing you luck! How long is your dissertation expected to be?
    One thing someone encouraged me to do when I was at this stage with my thesis was the ‘elevator explanation’.
    Imagine you step into the elevator with a colleague and as you do she says to you – so what is your dissertation about? (as people do!!) – You have until the 10th floor to explain! I found it quite an interesting exercise as you tend to use much more informal language in that (imagined) situation which can sometimes create some very accessible sentences…….just a thought!

    Posted 01 Sep 2011 at 11:44 pm
  2. avatar Clare Atkins wrote:

    Oh and I meant to ask – what is the title of your dissertation?

    Posted 01 Sep 2011 at 11:44 pm
  3. avatar Brandon wrote:

    @Clare: It’s a great idea! I’ll have to give it a shot.

    The title right now is “Being Broken: the Invisible Burdens of Mental Illness,” but I’ll probably change the subtitle to reflect the more ethical focus it’s developed.

    Posted 02 Sep 2011 at 8:38 am

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