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Agency and ResponsibilityA Common-Sense Moral Psychology$
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Jeanette Kennett

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266302

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266302.001.0001

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A Taxonomy of Agent-control

A Taxonomy of Agent-control

(p.119) 5 A Taxonomy of Agent-control
Agency and Responsibility

Jeanette Kennett

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This chapter provides a taxonomy of agent-control which lays out in some detail what self-control is and how it may be exercised, and draws a distinction between autonomy, as self-rule and orthonomy, which is right rule. It argues that the capacity for self-control is the capacity to bring one's actions into line with one's judgements of value when there is such a divergence between judgement and desire. The chapter first distinguishes between three levels of agent-control. Secondly, it addresses the practical questions on how and when self-control is to be exercised. Thirdly, it concerns with some normative questions about the virtues and proper limits of self-control.

Keywords:   right rule, judgements of value, autonomy, orthonomy, normative questions, proper limits

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