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Silne wartościowania i problem tożsamości ludzkiej
Strong Evaluations and the Problem of Selfhood

Author(s): Damian Barnat
Subject(s): Philosophy, History of Philosophy
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Szczecińskiego
Keywords: first- and second-order desires; strong evaluation; transcendental argument; selfhood; Charles Taylor; Owen Flanagan

Summary/Abstract: In the paper Charles Taylor’s notion of strong evaluation and its crucial role inrelation to human agency has been presented. The departure point of our analysisis Harry Frankurt’s famous distinction between first- and second-order desires.Then, following Taylor, we describe two separate ways of evaluation of our desires– weak and strong evaluation. In further discussion the reconstruction of Taylor’stranscendental claim concerning the inescapability of strong evaluation in relationto selfhood is given. Finally we consider criticism that Owen Flanagan poses aboutTaylor’s account.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 23
  • Page Range: 169-188
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Polish