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|Name: Ms Sarah Elizabeth Holmes|
|Institution: The George Washington University|
|Title: The Exceptionalism Plane: Quantifying Cultural "Self-Love" at the International Level|
|Abstract: In this paper I argue that the cultural phenomenon of exceptionalism is best examined through two lenses: Jean-Paul Sartre’s concepts of facticity and transcendence, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s notions of amour de soi and amour-propre forming another. These perspectives, considered together, provide a framework for assessing incidences of cultural exceptionalism and tracing the trend throughout history. To quantify this idea, I propose that a coordinate plane be created, with the Sartrean ideas placed at opposite ends of the x-axis, and the Rousseauian concepts placed at opposing ends of the y-axis. The result – the Exceptionalism Plane – allows for broad appraisal of the development of cultural exceptionalism throughout history. My research indicates that, in general, Western civilization has moved from a largely factitious position with a moderately-robust element of amour de soi to an overly transcendent position with a strong component of amour-propre. I provide substantial analysis of major historical events, considering the chief conceptions proposed by Sartre and Rousseau, the events’ contemporary significance, and the events’ modern significance to international relations, and suggest that this research be used to frame future ethical discussions over the role of democracy in global affairs.|
|Keywords: exceptionalism, self-love, democracy, ethics|