Taking Ourselves Seriously and Getting It Right

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Overview


“In his Tanner lectures, Harry Frankfurt continues his exploration of the nature of human agency and practical reasoning. Love, and other “volitional necessities”—things about which we cannot help caring—anchor us in the world and provide us with ends for our actions. Without love, or other kinds of volitionally necessary caring, we would not have an answer to the fundamental question of how we should live. This is a very important essay, written by a first-class philosophical mind, and animated by a humane outlook. It will be of interest not only to philosophers, but also to all those who look to understand the springs of human action.” —Debra Satz, Stanford University
"Frankfurt delves into the ideals of rationality and love, compares the two, and declares love the winner in defining self-commitment to our actions (which is "getting it right"). These arguments are related in superbly written prose and stand well on their own...The commentary, likewise, is well written and presents the reader with an enhanced framework and relevant, thought-provoking objections. "—Library Journal
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"Frankfurt's argument is intelligent, sophisticated, and thooughtful."—CHOICE

"In his Tanner lectures, Harry Frankfurt continues his exploration of the nature of human agency and practical reasoning. Love, and other "volitional necessities"—things about which we cannot help caring—anchor us in the world and provide us with ends for our actions. Without love, or other kinds of volitionally necessary caring, we would not have an answer to the fundamental question of how we should live. This is a very important essay, written by a first-class philosophical mind, and animated by a humane outlook. It will be of interest not only to philosophers, but also to all those who look to understand the springs of human action." —Debra Satz, Stanford University

"Frankfurt delves into the ideals of rationality and love, compares the two, and declares love the winner in defining self-commitment to our actions (which is "getting it right"). These arguments are related in superbly written prose and stand well on their own...The commentary, likewise, is well written and presents the reader with an enhanced framework and relevant, thought-provoking objections. "—Library Journal

"This wise and engaging little book deals with issues that are profoundly important to us as human beings. Frankfurt effortlessly weaves together his thoughts on love, agency, and practical reason...Scholars interested in Frankfurt, or the philosophical issues discussed in his lectures, will enjoy readin this book." —Philosophy in Review/Comptes Rendus Philosophiques

Library Journal
This volume is based on two 2004 lectures delivered at Stanford University by Frankfurt (philosophy, emeritus, Princeton Univ.; On Bullshit) and ends with commentary by Christine M. Korsgaard (philosophy, Harvard), Michael E. Bratman (philosophy, Stanford), and Meir Dan-Cohen (law, Univ. of California-Berkeley). Essentially, the lectures investigate humans' ability to reflect on themselves and their actions and use found insights to "take ourselves seriously." Frankfurt delves into the ideals of rationality and love, compares the two, and declares love the winner in defining self-commitment to our actions (which is "getting it right"). These arguments are related in superbly written prose and stand well on their own, though more notes would have been welcome. The commentary, likewise, is well written and presents the reader with an enhanced framework and relevant, thought-provoking objections. Highly recommended for academic and most public libraries. Jason Moore, Madison Cty. Lib. Syst., MS Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804752985
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2006
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 987,148
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Harry G. Frankfurt is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Princeton University. He is author of the best-selling book, On Bullshit (2005). His other publications include The Reasons of Love (2004) and Necessity, Volition, and Love (1999).
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