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Commitment and the Second-Person Standpoint

Schaab, J; (2019) Commitment and the Second-Person Standpoint. Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung , 73 (4) pp. 511-532. 10.3196/004433019827816789. Green open access

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Abstract

On Chang's voluntarist account of commitments, when we commit to φ, we employ the 'normative powers' of our will to give ourselves a reason to φ that we would otherwise not have had. I argue that Chang's account, by itself, does not have sufficient conceptual resources to reconcile the normative significance of commitments with their alleged fundamentally volitional character. I suggest an alternative, second-personal account of commitment, which avoids this problem. On this account, the volitional act involved in committing is one of holding ourselves accountable, thus putting us under to a pro tanto obligation to ourselves. The second-personal account implies that there is an interesting link between commitment and morality.

Type: Article
Title: Commitment and the Second-Person Standpoint
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3196/004433019827816789
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3196/004433019827816789
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10087502
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