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Marcia Cavell

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199287086

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199287082.001.0001

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Irrationality and Self-Transcendance

Irrationality and Self-Transcendance

(p.97) 7 Irrationality and Self-Transcendance
Becoming a Subject

Marcia Cavell (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter discusses the thoughts of Davidson and Freud about irrationality. It then examines the problem of self-transcendence, where a person forms a positive or negative judgment of some of his own desires, and acts to change these desires. From the point of view of the changed desire, there is no reason for the change — the reason comes from an independent source, and is based on further, and partly contrary, considerations.

Keywords:   irrationality, Davidson, Freud, self-transcendence, continence

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