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Volume 51 • Number 2

April 2014



Self-Governance, Reasons, and Self-Determination

by Yonatan Shemmer

In this paper I argue that a central variant of the Humean view of practical reason—according to which, roughly speaking, some desires are reason-giving—is also, and necessarily so, a view about self-determination. On this view, any desire that is reason-giving also gives us reasons for its own retention. Since our desires, in part, constitute our practical identity, they also give us reasons to stay who we are, or more exactly, to maintain that part of our practical identity that they constitute.

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