I'm editing a paper in which the writer (a native French speaker) refers to "the self" using masculine pronouns (him, his, himself). I would normally use "it" (and its, itself) in this situation. I come from a psychology background, however, where "the self" is often not equal to/the same as a person; there can be multiple selves (inner, false, true, etc.).
Has anyone encountered this? It feels wrong to me to refer to "the self" with masculine pronouns, but I'm not sure if it's my particular discipline that has given me this sensibility.
Here's an example:
"As gifts are predicated on the generosity of the self, acts of assistance, likewise, depend on his pity."
"The self," here, is referring to a generic or abstract person.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts!