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 heritage assumptions: a libertarian thesis in keeping with which it really is crucial for private autonomy for you to decide upon freely how one's self is formed, at the one hand, and a line of idea following specifically the seminal paintings of Harry Frankfurt in keeping with which own autonomy inevitably rests on an already sufficiently formed self, nevertheless. Given this conceptual framework, a few influential points inside present debate may be addressed in a brand new and illuminating gentle: as a result, the volume's contributions diversity from 1) discussing primary conceptual interconnections among own autonomy and freedom of the desire, 2) addressing the precise function and figuring out of other own features, e.g. Frankfurt's idea of volitional prerequisites, commitments to norms and beliefs, feelings, the phenomenon of weak point of will, and psychocorporeal facets, three) and eventually bearing in mind social impacts, that are mentioned by way of their skill to buttress, to weaken, or perhaps to function worthy preconditions of private autonomy and the forming of one's self. the amount therefore presents readers with an in depth and latest 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 evaluate or searching for a textbook to take advantage of in courses. Read more...
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This account can therefore be considered as an attempt to show a third way between radical existentialism and equally radical essential nature accounts. Monika Betzler addresses the role personal projects play in defining who we are and in generating specific personal reasons. In her paper “The Normative Significance of Personal Projects,” she argues that committing oneself to personal projects generates a distinct normative framework for oneself, irreducible to other reason-providing sources. According to her view, personal projects comprise three core elements: (i) they are norm-governed; (ii) they engender project-dependent reasons to pursue the project and its components non-instrumentally; and (iii) they shape one’s identity once one commits oneself to a project.
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Autonomy and the self by Michael Kühler, Nadja Jelinek