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The Authority of Reflection

Bagnoli, Carla (2007) The Authority of Reflection. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 22 (1). pp. 43-52. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

This paper examines Moran’s argument for the special authority of the first-person, which revolves around the Self/Other asymmetry and grounds dichotomies such as the practical vs. theoretical, activity vs. passivity, and justificatory vs. explanatory reasons. These dichotomies qualify the self-reflective person as an agent, interested in justifying her actions from a deliberative stance. The Other is pictured as a spectator interested in explaining action from a theoretical stance. The self-reflective knower has authority over her own mental states, while the Spectator does not. I highlight the implications of this construal for a theory of action, and call attention onto some other interesting normative relations between the self-reflective agent and the Other that escape both the first-person and the third-person approach. My contention is that the authority of self-reflection (and of reason) is best understood as a relation of mutual recognition between self and others, hence from a second-person stance.


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Bagnoli, Carlacbagnoli@uwm.edu
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Richard Moran, reflexivity, first-person authority, second-person standpoint, mutual recognition
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Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2014 20:12
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2014 22:00
Item ID: 10436
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.es/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/vi...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1387/theoria.481
Date: 2007
Page Range: pp. 43-52
Volume: 22
Number: 1
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10436

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