David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Stanford University Press (2006)
Harry G. Frankfurt begins his inquiry by asking, “What is it about human beings that makes it possible for us to take ourselves seriously?” Based on The Tanner Lectures in Moral Philosophy, Taking Ourselves Seriously and Getting It Right delves into this provocative and original question. The author maintains that taking ourselves seriously presupposes an inward-directed, reflexive oversight that enables us to focus our attention directly upon ourselves, and “[it] means that we are not prepared to accept ourselves just as we come. We want our thoughts, our feelings, our choices, and our behavior to make sense. We are not satisfied to think that our ideas are formed haphazardly, or that our actions are driven by transient and opaque impulses or by mindless decisions. We need to direct ourselves—or at any rate to believe that we are directing ourselves—in thoughtful conformity to stable and appropriate norms. We want to get things right.” The essays delineate two features that have a critical role to play in this: our rationality, and our ability to love. Frankfurt incisively explores the roles of reason and of love in our active lives, and considers the relation between these two motivating forces of our actions. The argument is that the authority of practical reason is less fundamental than the authority of love. Love, as the author defines it, is a volitional matter, that is, it consists in what we are actually committed to caring about. Frankfurt adds that “The object of love can be almost anything—a life, a quality of experience, a person, a group, a moral ideal, a nonmoral ideal, a tradition, whatever.” However, these objects and ideals are difficult to comprehend and often in conflict with each other. Moral principles play an important supporting role in this process as they help us develop and elucidate a vision that inspires our love. The first section of the book consists of the two lectures, which are entitled “Taking Ourselves Seriously” and “Getting It Right.” The second section consists of comments in response by Christine M. Korsgaard, Michael E. Bratman, and Meir Dan-Cohen. The book includes a preface by Debra Satz.
|Keywords||Conduct of life Love Reflection (Philosophy Self|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$4.75 used (74% off) $11.13 new (38% off) $13.76 direct from Amazon (24% off) Amazon page|
|Call number||BJ1531.F73 2006|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
Meir Dan-Cohen, Comments. Morality and the Logic of Caring / Christine M. Korsgaard ; a Thoughtful and Reasonable Stability / Michael E. Bratman ; Socializing Harry. [REVIEW]
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Christopher Grau (2010). Love and History. Southern Journal of Philosophy 48 (3):246-271.
J. S. Swindell Blumenthal-Barby (2010). Ambivalence. Philosophical Explorations 13 (1):23 – 34.
Jeffrey Seidman (2010). Caring and Incapacity. Philosophical Studies 147 (2):301 - 322.
Gary Foster (2011). Overcoming a Euthyphro Problem in Personal Love: Imagination and Personal Identity. Philosophical Psychology 24 (6):825 - 844.
Carla Bagnoli (2009). The Mafioso Case: Autonomy and Self-Respect. [REVIEW] Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 12 (5):477 - 493.
Similar books and articles
Harry Frankfurt (2001). The Dear Self. Philosophers' Imprint 1 (1):1-14.
J. S. Swindell Blumenthal-Barby (2010). Harry G. Frankfurt (Author), Christine Korsgaard (Commentary), Michael Bratman (Commentary), Meir Dan-Cohen (Commentary), Debra Satz (Editor), Taking Ourselves Seriously and Getting It Right. [REVIEW] Journal of Value Inquiry 44 (1):117-121.
Simon May (2011). Love: A History. Yale University Press.
Simon May (2011). Love: A Secret History. Yale University Press.
John Wilson (1995). Love Between Equals: A Philosophical Study of Love and Sexual Relationships. St. Martin's Press.
Petŭr Dŭnov (2004). Love is All Forgiving: Reflections on Love and Spirituality. Health Communications.
Michael Lacewing (2005). Real Love. The Philosophers' Magazine 29 (29):63-66.
Troy A. Jollimore (2011). Love's Vision. Princeton University Press.
Gary Foster (2009). Bestowal Without Appraisal: Problems in Frankfurt's Characterization of Love and Personal Identity. [REVIEW] Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 12 (2):153 - 168.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads88 ( #16,423 of 1,140,315 )
Recent downloads (6 months)6 ( #32,009 of 1,140,315 )
How can I increase my downloads?