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Action and Agents

Action and Agents Action and Agents Bernard P. Dauenhauer University of Georgia Abstract Paul Ricoeur’s account of the human capacity for taking action stands in opposition in impor- tant respects to two other prominent views. One of these alternatives is exemplified in the posi- tion that John Rawls holds. A second alternative appears in some interpretations of the results of neuroscientific research. My aim in this paper is first to highlight a number of the salient feature of Ricoeur’s account. Th en I will briefly point to some of the challenges it presents to these two alternatives. Keywords action, evidence, narrative, neuroscience, Rawls Paul Ricoeur’s philosophical anthropology has its roots in his steadfast con- viction that, whatever else is to be said, persons are fundamentally different from all other kinds of entities. Th is conviction eventually leads him to hold that the proper way to make sense of persons is to examine what they do and undergo. Accordingly, Ricoeur has worked out a detailed account of actions and the agents who perform them. He concludes, in a way reminiscent of Heidegger’s conception of Care in Being and Time , that human beings fundamentally inhabit their world by way of action . http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

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Brill
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© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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1569-1640
DOI
10.1163/156916407X185656
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Abstract

Action and Agents Bernard P. Dauenhauer University of Georgia Abstract Paul Ricoeur’s account of the human capacity for taking action stands in opposition in impor- tant respects to two other prominent views. One of these alternatives is exemplified in the posi- tion that John Rawls holds. A second alternative appears in some interpretations of the results of neuroscientific research. My aim in this paper is first to highlight a number of the salient feature of Ricoeur’s account. Th en I will briefly point to some of the challenges it presents to these two alternatives. Keywords action, evidence, narrative, neuroscience, Rawls Paul Ricoeur’s philosophical anthropology has its roots in his steadfast con- viction that, whatever else is to be said, persons are fundamentally different from all other kinds of entities. Th is conviction eventually leads him to hold that the proper way to make sense of persons is to examine what they do and undergo. Accordingly, Ricoeur has worked out a detailed account of actions and the agents who perform them. He concludes, in a way reminiscent of Heidegger’s conception of Care in Being and Time , that human beings fundamentally inhabit their world by way of action .

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Research in PhenomenologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2007

Keywords: Rawls; neuroscience; narrative; action; evidence

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