This chapter is concerned with the theorising of the self, how it is theorised
in everyday experience and how it could, or should, be theorised within the
practise of self research. Some epistemological formulations of the self,
which are commonly encountered in therapeutic practices, are outlined
along with the major problem of accounting for subjectivity. It is argued
here that if a theory of self is to be chosen then the criteria for such a
choice, both positive and negative, need to be articulated (Curt, 1994;
Hartsock, 1987). These criteria are then applied to the choice of two theo-
retical traditions – poststructuralist and critical theory – which have
struggled with the matter of politics and subjectivity if theorising the self.
A consideration is also given to the dominant influence of the axis between
Freud and Marx in current Western thought. A rapprochement is proposed
between these two traditions at the various points they appear to converge.
Finally, these theoretical traditions are applied in formulating a set of prin-
ciples for theorising the self that can act as an ‘ethic’ in the practise of self