The Constitution of Agency: Essays on Practical Reason and Moral Psychology

The Constitution of Agency: Essays on Practical Reason and Moral Psychology

by Christine M. Korsgaard
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199552746

ISBN-13: 9780199552740

Pub. Date: 12/15/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

In Part 1, The Principles of Practical Reason, Korsgaard defends the view that the principles of practical reason are constitutive principles of action. By governing our actions in accordance with Kant's categorical imperative and the principle of instrumental reason, she argues, we take control of our own movements and so render ourselves active, self-determining

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In Part 1, The Principles of Practical Reason, Korsgaard defends the view that the principles of practical reason are constitutive principles of action. By governing our actions in accordance with Kant's categorical imperative and the principle of instrumental reason, she argues, we take control of our own movements and so render ourselves active, self-determining beings. She criticizes rival attempts to give a normative foundation to the principles of practical reason, challenges the claims of the principle of maximizing one's own interests to be a rational principle, and argues for some deep continuities between Plato's account of the connection between justice and agency and Kant's account of the connection between autonomy and agency.

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ISBN-13:
9780199552740
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
836,191
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Abbreviations for Frequently Cited Works ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Principles of Practical Reason

1 The Normativity of Instrumental Reason 27

2 The Myth of Egoism 69

3 Self-Constitution in the Ethics of Plato and Kant 100

Part 2 Moral Virtue and Moral Psychology

4 Aristotle's Function Argument 129

5 Aristotle on Function and Virtue 151

6 From Duty and for the Sake of the Noble: Kant and Aristotle on Morally Good Action 174

7 Acting for a Reason 207

Part 3 Other Reflections

8 Taking the Law into Our Own Hands: Kant on the Right to Revolution 233

9 The General Point of View: Love and Moral Approval in Hume's Ethics 263

10 Realism and Constructivism in Twentieth-Century Moral Philosophy 302

Bibliography 327

Sources 333

Index 335

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