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Conflict and Autonomy

Keith Lehrer

in Self-Trust

Published in print January 1997 | ISBN: 9780198236658
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679322 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236658.003.0004
Conflict and Autonomy

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This chapter turns to the existential thesis, the thesis of the priority of autonomy of choice in the keystone loop of acceptance and preference. Autonomous choice is the point at the centre of the loop. At this point, we must remember the role of metamental ascent in acceptance and preference. What is important to the argument is to recall that the human mind not only contains sensations, thoughts, and desires, it also contains something beyond those states. It contains metamental states of acceptance and preference evaluating first-order beliefs and desires. What is special about human mentality is our capacity for metamental ascent and the conceptually explosive consequences thereof.

Keywords: autonomy of choice; autonomous choice; acceptance; preference; metamental ascent

Chapter.  8392 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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