The aim of the paper is to provide a philosophical account of our sense that some people are more their own person than others. I begin by exposing the weaknesses in three possible accounts, which I label the "interventionist", the "existentialist" and the "ideal" accounts. I then go on to argue that the distinguishing feature of those who are their own person is that their natural inclinations are accurately expressed in their behaviour.
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||Ethical Theory and Moral Practice|
|Publication status||Published - 1998|
- individual nature
- real desires