Idleness, Usefulness and Self-Constitution

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Title: Idleness, Usefulness and Self-Constitution
Authors: O'Connor, Brian
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/9289
Date: 2013
Abstract: The core argument of the paper is that the modern philosophical notion of self-constitution is directed against the prospect of human beings dissolving into idleness. Arguments for self-constitution are marked by non-philosophical presuppositions about the value of usefulness. Those arguments also assume a particular conception of superior experience as conscious integration of a person's actions within an identifiable set of chosen commitments. Exploring particular arguments by Hegel, Kant, Korsgaard and Frankfurt the paper claims that those arguments are problematic in the various ways in which they suppose usefulness and explicitly or implicitly take extra-philosophical views of idleness.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Copyright (published version): 2015 Taylor & Francis
Keywords: CareHegelIdlenessKantKorsgaardLeisureMoral agencyProductivityF. SchlegelUsefulness
DOI: 10.1179/1440991713Z.0000000005
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Philosophy Research Collection

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