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Creatively UndecidedToward a History and Philosophy of Scientific Agency$
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Menachem Fisch

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226514482

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226514659.001.0001

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The Philosophical Framework

The Philosophical Framework

(p.39) Chapter Two The Philosophical Framework
Creatively Undecided

Menachem Fisch

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 2 offers a systematic account of the first two of the three philosophical pre-commitments that mark the book’s philosophical point of departure. The first, harking back to Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, is to the Framework Dependency of all judgment. The second, to the kind of reflective, free-willed self-governance on which normativity and agency are made to turn in Kant’s Critique of Practical Reason. The similarly committed neo-Kantian accounts of self and agency proposed in the writings of Christine Korsgaard, Charles Taylor, Harry Frankfurt and John McDowell are shown to premise an apriori given normative stopping point in order to ground the element of normative self-criticism at play at the heart of their various accounts, and, therefore, necessarily immune to it. The Chapter ends with a critique of Brandom’s recent Kantian portrayal of the self-critical nature of human selfhood, which avoids premising a normative stopping point, but only the price of steering wide of normativity altogether.

Keywords:   Kant, Framework-Dependency, Normativity, self, agency, Christine Korsgaard, Charles Taylor, Harry Frankfurt, John McDowell, Robert Brandom

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