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Talking to Our Selves: Reflection, Ignorance, and Agency

John M. Doris

Abstract

The unconscious mind, contemporary psychology tells us, determines much of what people do: very often, we don’t know why we do what we do, or even exactly what we are doing. This picture undermines the philosophical—and common sense—picture of human beings as rational, responsible, agents whose lives are ordered by their deliberations and decisions. Drawing on the latest scientific psychology and philosophical ethics, this work of interdisciplinary scholarship develops a theory of agency and moral responsibility that reconciles the philosophical and psychological pictures, while—unlike much ph ... More

Keywords: agency, responsibility, ethics, moral psychology, unconscious, self-awareness, reflection, identity, dual process, self

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199570393
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570393.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John M. Doris, author
Washington University in St. Louis

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