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Alfred R. Mele

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197500941

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197500941.001.0001

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Shaping Our Mental Lives

Shaping Our Mental Lives

On the Value of Mental Self-Control and Mental Self-Regulation

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Surrounding Self-Control

Dorothea Debus

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the value of one’s ability to “shape one’s own mental life”; more specifically, it considers axiological implications of the claim that subjects sometimes can and do engage in “mental self-regulation,” that is, that subjects sometimes can be, and sometimes are, actively involved with their own mental lives in a goal-directed way. The phenomenon of mental self-regulation is interesting from a philosophical perspective because it seems crucial to understand this phenomenon in any attempt to understand the nature of one’s mental life fully. However, one’s ability to engage in mental self-regulation is also of great interest from an axiological perspective, and the chapter considers the phenomenon from this latter perspective. It asks in which respects a subject’s ability of mental self-regulation might be of value.

Keywords:   mental self-regulation, mental self-control, achievement, mental coherence, self-alienation, being at one with oneself

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