When We Are Ourselves: The Active and the Passive

Joseph Raz

in Engaging Reason

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780199248001
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598272 | DOI:
 When We Are Ourselves: The Active and the Passive

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One's sense of self and control over our actions and intentions shape the form and direction of one's life. We are responsible for not only our actions but also for all that which is our own and under our control (e.g. beliefs, desires, character traits, etc.). Raz explores the active/passive distinction for questions of responsibility and how our life becomes our own when it is under our control and guided by reason. We are ourselves when we are responsive to reasons—when we act for intentional reasons with respect to objects of value.

Keywords: action; control; intention; reason; reasons; responsibility; self; value

Chapter.  8753 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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