Self-Control, Values, and Moral Development: <i>Peirce on the Value-driven Dynamics of Human Morality</i>

Helmut Pape

in The Normative Thought of Charles S. Peirce

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780823242443
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823250769 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy (FUP)

Self-Control, Values, and Moral Development: Peirce on the Value-driven Dynamics of Human Morality

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The chapter first shows that self-control is a constitutive feature of human rationality. Second, it argues that the flexibility of logical self-control is how human rationality contributes to an individual person's ability to make morally responsible decisions about values. Third, it discusses how controlled abstractions contribute to a person's development by means of moral self-control. Finally, it concentrates on the relation between cognitive autonomy and the moral status of being a person. It argues that cognitively autonomous artificial intelligence systems would land us in a moral dilemma that we are well advised to avoid.

Keywords: self-control; morality; human rationality; cognitive autonomy; artificial intelligence

Chapter.  9090 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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