F.H. Bradley’s Conception of the Moral Self: A New Reading

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This paper reinterprets the concept of the moral self in F.H. Bradley’s Ethical Studies. Firstly, I dismiss the naturalistic reading of the moral self as a set of appropriate desires and beliefs or as a combination of character traits and habits. Then, I distinguish between the moral self as a principle of universalisability and the moral life of the self. I argue that the moral life of the self is essentially a project of attaining the moral ideal; that is to say, its comprehension and concretisation, on the one hand, and its realisation, on the other. I further suggest that the successful realisation of this project by an agent consists in acting in accordance with the coherent set of her reasonable commitments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBritish Idealism and the Concept of the Self
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-46671-6
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


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