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Perfectionism and the Common GoodThemes in the Philosophy of T. H. Green$
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David O. Brink

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266401

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199266409.001.0001

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SELF‐REALIZATION AS THE GOOD

SELF‐REALIZATION AS THE GOOD

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XIV. SELF‐REALIZATION AS THE GOOD
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Perfectionism and the Common Good
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David O. Brink (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199266409.003.0014

This chapter focuses on Green's arguments for self-realization. He suggests that it is the very capacities that make moral responsibility possible that determine the proper end of deliberation. Responsible action involves self-consciousness and is expressive of the self. The self is not to be identified with any desire or any series or set of desires; moral personality consists in the ability to subject appetites and desires to a process of deliberative endorsement and to form new desires as the result of such deliberations. So the self essentially includes deliberative capacities, and if responsible action expresses the self, it must exercise these deliberative capacities. This explains why Green thinks that the proper aim of deliberation is a life of activities that embody rational or deliberative control of thought and action.

Keywords:   T. H. Green, deliberation, responsible action, self, moral responsibility

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