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Autonomy and the Authority of Personal Commitments: From Internal Coherence to Social Normativity

By J.H. Anderson


It has been argued most prominently in Harry Frankfurt recent work that the normative authority of \ud personal commitments derives not from their intrinsic\ud worth but from the way in which ones will is invested\ud in what one cares about. In this essay, I argue that even\ud if this approach is construed broadly and supplemented\ud in various ways, its intrasubjective character leaves it illprepared\ud to explain the normative grip of commitments\ud in cases of purported self-betrayal. As an alternative,\ud I sketch a view that focuses on intersubjective\ud constraints of intelligibility built into social practices and\ud on the pragmatics of how those norms are contested\ud in an ongoing fashion

Topics: Wijsbegeerte
Year: 2003
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