Alter Egos and Second Selves (RSA 2013, abstracts by June 14, 2012)

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Kent Lehnhof, Chapman University
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This panel focuses on the alter ego or the second self, asking what it might mean to imagine someone/something as another instance of one's self. Papers might address a wide range of "second selves," including twins, friends, spouses, children, ambassadors, avatars, emissaries, representatives, rivals, foils, doubles, and impersonators. Participants might also treat the topic more abstractly, as in the case of one's reputation, credit, image, office, or personae. We will be especially interested in how these alter egos might ask, answer, or unsettle questions of identity, epistemology, and ethics (e.g., altruism, sympathy, and "loving thy neighbor as thyself.").

Please send abstracts to Kent Lehnhof ( by June 14, 2012.

RSA Annual meeting
April 4-6, 2013
San Diego, CA