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Aspiration: The Agency of Becoming

Agnes Callard


Becoming someone is a learning process; and what we learn are the new values around which, if we succeed, our lives will come to turn. Agents transform themselves in the process of, e.g., becoming parents, embarking on careers, or acquiring a passion for music or politics. How can such activity be rational if the reason for engaging in the relevant pursuit is available only to the person one will become? How is it psychologically possible to feel the attraction of a form of concern that is not yet one’s own? How can the work done to arrive at the finish line be ascribed to one who doesn’t (rea ... More

Keywords: transformation, aspiration, proleptic, self-creation, value, reason, self, learning, education, teleology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190639488
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190639488.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Agnes Callard, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Chicago

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