Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 17 (1):27-40 (2014)

Thomas Schramme
Universität Hamburg
In this paper, I want to discuss the relation between ambivalence and the unity of the self. I will raise the question whether a person can be both ambivalent about his own will and nevertheless be wholehearted. Since Harry Frankfurt’s theory is my main point of reference, I briefly introduce his account of the will and the reasons for his opposition towards ambivalence in the first section. In the second section, I analyse different interpretations of ambivalence. In the third section, I provide a narrative account of a diachronic integration of the self that allows for the integration of volitional ambivalence. Finally, I scrutinise different meanings of the unity of the self, since disintegration, not ambivalence, seems to be bad for us. I conclude that persons can indeed be wholeheartedly ambivalent
Keywords Ambivalence  Frankfurt  Narrativity  Unity of the self  Wholeheartedness
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DOI 10.1007/s10677-013-9465-9
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