The Bounds of Agency: An Essay in Revisionary Metaphysics
Rovane (Carol)
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  1. The subject of personal identity is one of the most central and most contested and exciting in philosophy. Ever since Locke, psychological and bodily criteria have vied with one another in conflicting accounts of personal identity. Carol Rovane argues that, as things stand, the debate is unresolvable since both sides hold coherent positions that our common sense will embrace. Our very common sense, she maintains, is conflicted; so any resolution to the debate is bound to be revisionary. She boldly offers such a revisionary theory of personal identity by first inquiring into the nature of persons.
  2. Rovane begins with a premise about the distinctive ethical nature of persons to which all substantive ethical doctrines, ranging from Kantian to egoist, can subscribe. From this starting point, she derives two startling metaphysical possibilities: there could be group persons composed of many human beings and multiple persons within a single human being. Her conclusion supports Locke's distinction between persons and human beings, but on altogether new grounds. These grounds lie in her radically normative analysis of the condition of personal identity, as the condition in which a certain normative commitment arises, namely, the commitment to achieve overall rational unity within a rational point of view. It is by virtue of this normative commitment that individual agents can engage one another specifically as persons, and possess the distinctive ethical status of persons.



"Degaynesford (Maximilian) - Review of 'The Bounds of Agency: An Essay in Revisionary Metaphysics'"

Source: Mind, Volume 111, Number 441, 1 January 2002 , pp. 170-174(5)

COMMENT: Review of "Rovane (Carol) - The Bounds of Agency: An Essay in Revisionary Metaphysics"



"Schechtman (Marya) - Review of 'The Bounds of Agency: An Essay in Revisionary Metaphysics'"

Source: Ethics, Jul99, Vol. 109 Issue 4, p919, 4p

COMMENT: Review of "Rovane (Carol) - The Bounds of Agency: An Essay in Revisionary Metaphysics"



"Rovane (Carol) - Lessons from Locke"

Source: Rovane - The Bounds of Agency, Introduction to Part I



"Rovane (Carol) - Preview of the Normative Analysis of Personal Identity"

Source: Rovane - The Bounds of Agency, Chapter 1


Sections
  1. Locke's Analysis
  2. Rational Points of View
  3. The Explanatory Goal of the Normative Analysis
  4. Meeting the Explanatory Goal
  5. A Final Comparison with Locke



"Rovane (Carol) - On the Need for Revision"

Source: Rovane - The Bounds of Agency, Chapter 2


Sections
  1. What the Lockean Thought Experiments1 Really Show
  2. The Conflict Is Not Merely Apparent
  3. Neither Side of the Conflict Is Incoherent
  4. Seeking Positive Reasons to Embrace One Side of the Conflict



"Rovane (Carol) - A Revisionary Proposal"

Source: Rovane - The Bounds of Agency, Chapter 3


Sections
  1. What Are Agency-Regarding Relations?
  2. The Ethical Criterion Meets All Three Constraints



"Rovane (Carol) - Personal Identity: The Body Practic"

Source: Rovane - The Bounds of Agency, Introduction to Part II



"Rovane (Carol) - A Sufficient Condition for Personal Identity"

Source: Rovane - The Bounds of Agency, Chapter 4


Sections
  1. The Case for Group Persons
  2. Intra- and Interpersonal Relations
  3. The Normative Analysis of Personal. Identity: A First Full Statement



"Rovane (Carol) - The Sufficient Condition Is Also Necessary"

Source: Rovane - The Bounds of Agency, Chapter 5


Sections
  1. A Rational Reconstruction of Multiple Personality Disorder1
  2. Justifying the Commitment to Overall Rational Unity
  3. Some Remaining Metaphysical Issues



"Rovane (Carol) - The First Person"

Source: Rovane - The Bounds of Agency, Chapter 6


Sections
  1. The Distinctive Features of the First Person
  2. Self-Oriented Ethical Relations



"Rovane (Carol) - The Bounds of Agency: Postscript"

Source: Rovane - The Bounds of Agency, Postscript


Sections
  1. The Distinctive Features of the First Person
  2. Self-Oriented Ethical Relations



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