Personal and Moral Selfhood

  • David Carr
Part of the Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy book series (LOET, volume 11)


Moral conceptions of personhood seem liable to different, more or less interesting, interpretations. This paper argues that on more interesting interpretations, the moral self is not so much identical with personhood, but more a significant feature or dimension of it. In general, the paper sets out to identify and evaluate the relative merits of very diverse conceptions of the relationship of person to moral agency in the major traditions of moral theory. In particular, however, the paper argues that a broadly naturalistic virtue ethics promises to give a better account of the relationship of personhood to morality than its deontological, utilitarian and communitarian rivals.


communitarianism Kantian (ethics) moral agency person self utilitarianism virtue (ethics) 


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