Agency is realized by subpersonal mechanisms too

Neil Levy*

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John Doris argues that, when behaviors are caused by processes that we would not endorse, our agency is defeated. I argue that this test for defeaters is inappropriate. What matters is not what we would but what we should endorse. The subpersonal mechanisms he identifies as defeaters enable us to track and respond to reasons. They realize agency, rather than defeating it.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere49
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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