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Pragmatistic Anthropology

Michael Quante

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Michael Quante, Pragmatistic Anthropology (2018), mentis, Münster, ISBN: 9783957438379

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Beschreibung / Abstract

Leading one’s life as a person is an essential feature of our human existence which is constitutively characterized by finiteness, sociality and vulnerability. Within the framework of a pragmatistic anthropology central features of our being persons (i.e. personal identity, self-consciousness, freedom, autonomy and responsibility) are made explicit in this study. The such unfolded conception is anthropological in the sense of being restricted to the human life-form. The explication is pragmatistic in a double sense: Firstly, action is taken as a complex and not reducible basic feature; secondly, the study is committed to the pragmatistic model of justi?cation. Leading one’s life as a human person, this is the study’s central thesis, is realized in constellations of recognition (intersubjective or institutionally framed). These can be made explicit as basic grammar of our evaluative praxis within an ascriptivist framework.


Michael Quante,
geb. 1962, ist Professor für Praktische Philosophie am Philosophischen Seminar der WWU Münster und seit Oktober 2016 Prorektor für Internationales und Transfer der WWU Münster. Von 2012 bis 2014 war er Präsident der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Philosophie; und 2014 erhielt er den von der Max Uwe Redler-Stiftung erstmals verliehenen »Deutschen Preis für Philosophie und Sozialethik«.


  • Cover
  • Titel
  • Content
  • Preface
  • 1. Pragmatistic Anthropology
  • 1.1 The human-personal Lebensform
  • 1.2 Pragmatistic Anthropology
  • 2. Personal Identity
  • 2.1 Four Dimensions of Personal Identity
  • 2.2 The non-social character of unity and persistence
  • 2.3 The social character of personhood and personality
  • 3. Personhood and Moral Status
  • 3.1 Preliminary Methodological Remarks
  • 3.2 The concept of the person: Four manners of usage
  • 3.3 Personhood as a criterion for moral status
  • 3.4 Personhood and Moral Status: a brief summary
  • 4. Self-consciousness
  • 4.1 Anti-Mentalism
  • 4.2 The argument concerning the Vollzugswiderspruch
  • 4.3 Ascriptivism and Actor-Perspective
  • 4.4 Self-reference and Self-predication
  • 5. Freedom
  • 5.1 Autonomy, incompatibilism and the manipulation argument
  • 5.2 Non-constraining control and personal autonomy: Kane's libertarian attack
  • 5.3 Compatibilists replies and the problem of global manipulation
  • 5.4 Kapitan and the victims of global manipulation
  • 6. Autonomy
  • 6.1 Christman's conception of personal autonomy
  • 6.2 From identity to alienation
  • 6.3 »Non-alienation« versus »identification-with«: a useful opposition?
  • 7. Responsibility
  • 7.1 Responsibility and Personal Autonomy
  • 7.2 Uncritical Ascriptivism?
  • 8. Pragmatistic Anthropology and Ethics in Application
  • Bibliography
  • Index of Names

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