Self Simultaneously: A Philosophical Examination of Temporality and Selfhood
Tinsey, Allison M.
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A delve into a realm of existentialism. Namely, that emotions and temporality are incredibly interlinked. Time plays a highly significant role in the way an individual relates to her own emotions and how she chooses to live her life is consequently affected by this interplay. Regret is an emotion that is deeply rooted in one's ability to recognize herself within time. Because of its very nature, regret is rooted in temporality, and is experienced in reaction to the past and in anticipation of the future. It encompasses the totality of the individual's being in time. Regret is defined as the desire to eliminate, take back, or undo a past experience, choice, or action that led to an unintended or unforeseen consequence. Regret includes four selfdestructive additives that I will explore within this work; they are disunity, denial, teleology, and social pressures. Regret is the epitomic antithesis of the meshing of voluntarism and constant, unified identity formation that will be presented here through the analysis of Kant, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, and Heidegger.