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

Christine M. Korsgaard


This book is a collection of ten papers on practical reason and moral psychology. Part 1 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 we take control of our own movements and so render ourselves active, self-determining beings. Part II takes up the question of the role of our passive or receptive faculties — our emotions and responses — in constituting our agency. It offers a reading of the Nicomachean Ethics based on the idea tha ... More

Keywords: action, Aristotle, choice, constitutive, Hume, Kant, moral, Plato, practical reason, virtue

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199552733
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199552733.001.0001


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Christine M. Korsgaard, author
Harvard University
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