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Rousseau's Theodicy of Self-LoveEvil, Rationality, and the Drive for Recognition$
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Frederick Neuhouser

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199542673

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542673.001.0001

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Amour‐Propre's Role in Forming Rational Subjects

Amour‐Propre's Role in Forming Rational Subjects

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(p.218) 7 Amour‐Propre's Role in Forming Rational Subjects
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Rousseau's Theodicy of Self-Love
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Frederick Neuhouser (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542673.003.0008

The preceding chapter distinguished three features of the frame of mind individuals must acquire in order to assume the standpoint of reason. This chapter determines what role amour-propre might play in making it possible for human beings to adopt such a standpoint. It shows that amour-propre plays a crucial role in bringing about each of these features of rational agency. More precisely: amour-propre is a necessary, though not sufficient, condition of the formation of human beings into rational subjects.

Keywords:   amour-propre, reason, human beings, rational subjects

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