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The Upper Reaches of Self‐Control and the Ideally Self‐Controlled Person

Alfred R. Mele

in Autonomous Agents

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780195150438
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869091 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195150430.003.0007
 The Upper Reaches of Self‐Control and the Ideally Self‐Controlled Person

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Examines the place of self‐control in effective critical reflection on one's principles and values, develops an account of an ideally self‐controlled person, and presents a preliminary argument that even perfect self‐control combined with frequent and thorough critical reflection is not sufficient for autonomy. The preliminary argument features a kind of brainwashing that produces values that guide an agent's practical reasoning. Accounts are offered of values, valuing, identification with a desire, compulsiveness, and mental health.

Keywords: autonomy; compulsiveness; critical reflection; desire; mental health; practical reasoning; principles; self‐control; values

Chapter.  9419 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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