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Real Materialismand Other Essays$
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Galen Strawson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267422

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267422.001.0001

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Episodic Ethics

Episodic Ethics

(p.209) 8 Episodic Ethics
Real Materialism

Galen Strawson (Contributor Webpage)

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Some live their lives in a ‘Narrative’ and ‘Diachronic’ fashion. They intuitively feel they're the same self or person across long periods of time. Others live in a decidedly ‘non–Narrative’ and ‘Episodic’ way with no strong sense that they're the same same self or person across time. Some think you have to live Narratively and Diachronically to live a morally or ethically good life. This chapter argues that Episodic, non-Narrative people can lead equally moral, ethical, responsible, conscience–governed, lives, and are equally capable of remorse, love, friendship, loyalty, and so on. The chapter raises and responds to a doubt about gratitude.

Keywords:   Narrativity, Diachronic personality, Episodic personality, remorse, contrition, guilt, conscience, love, friendship, loyalty

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