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Endorsement and Autonomous Agency

François Schroeter
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
Vol. 69, No. 3 (Nov., 2004), pp. 633-659
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40040770
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Abstract

We take self-governance or autonomy to be a central feature of human agency: we believe that our actions normally occur under our guidance and at our command. A common criticism of the standard theory of action is that it leaves the agent out of his actions and thus mischaracterizes our autonomy. According to proponents of the endorsement model of autonomy, such as Harry Frankfurt and David Velleman, the standard theory simply needs to be supplemented with the agent's actual endorsement of his actions in order to make room for our autonomy. I argue that their proposal fails and that a more substantive enrichment of the standard theory is called for.

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