Ideas of Christine M. Korsgaard, by Theme

[American, fl. 1996, Professor at Harvard University.]

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16. Persons / A. Concept of a Person / 1. Existence of Persons
To make sense of personal identity, focus on agency rather than experience
16. Persons / B. Concept of the Self / 5. Persistence of Self
A person viewed as an agent makes no sense without its own future
20. Action / A. Definition of Action / 1. Action Theory
Theory of action focuses on explanation and prediction; practical action on justification and choice
22. Metaethics / A. Value / 1. Nature of Value / g. Ultimate value
An end can't be an ultimate value just because it is useless!
If we can't reason about value, we can reason about the unconditional source of value
22. Metaethics / A. Value / 2. Values / e. Self interest
Self-concern may be a source of pain, or a lack of self-respect, or a failure of responsibility
22. Metaethics / B. The Good / 1. Goodness / b. Types of good
Goodness is given either by a psychological state, or the attribution of a property
23. Ethics / A. Egoism / 1. Ethical Egoism
Personal concern for one's own self widens out into concern for the impersonal
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 3. Virtues / g. Contemplation
Contemplation is final because it is an activity which is not a process
For Aristotle, contemplation consists purely of understanding