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Autonomy and the Value of Humanity

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Title:
Autonomy and the Value of Humanity Problems in Korsgaard's The Sources of Normativity
Physical Description:
Book
Language:
English
Creator:
Abboud, Joseph
Publisher:
New College of Florida
Place of Publication:
Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date:
2011
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Bachelor's ( B.A.)
Degree Grantor:
New College of Florida
Degree Divisions:
Humanities
Area of Concentration:
Philosophy
Faculty Sponsor:
Flakne, April

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Philosophy
Ethics
Moral Philosophy
Kant
Korsgaard
Genre:
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )

Notes

Abstract:
Christine Korsgaard�s The Sources of Normativity attempts to defend two claims which are fundamentally incompatible: that all values and obligations arise from the autonomous resolutions of the reflective individual, and that the individual must value humanity in itself in order to have any values or reasons to act at all. Korsgaard�s need to move beyond Kant�s argument for the Categorical Imperative to her theory of practical identity shows that an individual�s conception of value is conditioned by her reflections on what makes her life worth living, rendering the construction of her system of values relative to the contingent contents of her life and the resolutions she makes with regards to them. To overcome the apparent relativity in her account of practical identity, Korsgaard argues that all human individuals ought to endorse the identity of being a human animal as such. However, by grounding practical identity on the autonomous resolutions of the individual, she undermines this attempt to ground the unconditional value of humanity. If the identity of being a human as such is only valuable if the individual freely endorses it, then it can only be a conditional value, contingent on the resolutions of the individual.
Thesis:
Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2011
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local:
Faculty Sponsor: Flakne, April
Statement of Responsibility:
by Joseph Abboud

Record Information

Source Institution:
New College of Florida
Holding Location:
New College of Florida
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
local - S.T. 2011 A12
System ID:
NCFE004472:00001

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