Irrationality and Self-Transcendance

Marcia Cavell

in Becoming a Subject

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780199287086
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603921 | DOI:
 Irrationality and Self-Transcendance

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This chapter discusses the thoughts of Davidson and Freud about irrationality. It then examines the problem of self-transcendence, where a person forms a positive or negative judgment of some of his own desires, and acts to change these desires. From the point of view of the changed desire, there is no reason for the change — the reason comes from an independent source, and is based on further, and partly contrary, considerations.

Keywords: irrationality; Davidson; Freud; self-transcendence; continence

Chapter.  4859 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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