Autonomy and the Self (Philosophical Studies Series) by Michael Kühler, Nadja Jelinek

By Michael Kühler, Nadja Jelinek

This quantity addresses the complicated interaction among the stipulations of an agent’s own autonomy and the structure of her self in gentle of 2 influential history assumptions: a libertarian thesis based on which it really is crucial for private autonomy which will opt for freely how one’s self is formed, at the one hand, and a line of inspiration following specially the seminal paintings of Harry Frankfurt based on which own autonomy inevitably rests on an already sufficiently formed self, nevertheless. Given this conceptual framework, a couple of influential facets inside of present debate could be addressed in a brand new and illuminating mild: for this reason, the volume’s contributions variety from 1) discussing basic conceptual interconnections among own autonomy and freedom of the need, 2) addressing the precise function and realizing of other own features, e.g. Frankfurt’s inspiration of volitional prerequisites, commitments to norms and beliefs, feelings, the phenomenon of weak point of will, and psychocorporeal facets, three) and at last taking into consideration social impacts, that are mentioned by way of their skill to buttress, to weaken, or perhaps to function helpful preconditions of non-public autonomy and the forming of one’s self. the quantity therefore offers readers with an intensive and most recent dialogue of assorted influential strands of present philosophical debate at the subject. it truly is of equivalent curiosity to all these already engaged within the debate in addition to to readers attempting to get an updated evaluation or trying to find a textbook to exploit in courses.

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In The Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy (Winter 2011 Edition), Edward N. Zalta ed. edu/archives/win2011/entries/sartre/ Frankfurt, Harry G. 1969. Alternate possibilities and moral responsibility. In Frankfurt 1988, 1–10. Frankfurt, Harry G. 1971. Freedom of the will and the concept of a person. In Frankfurt 1988, 11–25. Frankfurt, Harry G. 1982. The importance of what we care about. In Frankfurt 1988, 80–94. Frankfurt, Harry G. 1988a. The importance of what we care about. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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In Joas 1987, 299–328. Mead, George Herbert. 1934. Mind, self, and society. Chicago/London: The University of Chicago Press. O’Connor, Timothy. 2011. Free will. In The Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy (Summer 2011 Edition), Edward N. Zalta ed. edu/archives/sum2011/entries/freewill/ Ricoeur, Paul. 1987. Narrative Identität. Heidelberger Jahrbücher 3: 57–67. Ricoeur, Paul. 1991. Narrative identity. Philosophy Today 35(1): 73–81. Ricoeur, Paul. 1992. Oneself as another. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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