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A Normativist Conception of the Mind

in The Practices of the Self

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780226468877
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226468549 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226468549.003.0004
A Normativist Conception of the Mind

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This chapter analyzes the normativist conception of the mind in relation to the nature of the self. It suggests that the normative point of view is not only a tool for the interpretation of the beliefs and desires of a given individual, but it also structures the individual's own perspective. This chapter suggests that the basic way we relate to ourselves consists in aligning ourselves on norms and thus every being with mental life should be considered as having a self.

Keywords: normativist conception; mind; self; beliefs; desires; norms; mental life

Chapter.  6018 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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