Practical Reflection

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:
Practical Reflection

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This chapter analyzes the concept of practical reflection in the context of the nature of the self. It describes the distinctive features of practical reflection and suggests that it is a fairly common phenomenon. This chapter identifies philosophical preconception that appears to contract the practical theory of the self and considers a reflection that is cognitive in nature. It also discusses the issues of obligations, avowals and first-person authority and explores the relevance of the Cartesian model.

Keywords: practical reflection; self; philosophical preconception; obligations; avowals; first-person authority; Cartesian model

Chapter.  13206 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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