According to Korsgaard Is Being a Good Person Rare

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Korsgaard’s Self-Constitution: Agency, Identity and Integrity The Question is: According to Korsgaard, is being a Good Person Rare? According to Korsgaard, we are rational beings and have the ability (perhaps not always the inclination) to separate our perceptions from automatic normative force. Therefore, we have the ability to choose. We have the ability to rationalize our perceptions and then choose whether or not we will act upon our impulses. Our actions, including the decision to choose to act or not to act, determine our personal identity. Choosing to perform an action, expresses the value we set on our human identity. The value we set on our human identity, and performing actions that clearly define those values, is the practice of self-constitution. Self-constitution is also referred to as self-integration, practical identity, and agency. Korsgaard argues that one cannot constitute oneself as the subject of a coherent, meaningful life unless one can act on a rational, non-arbitrary basis. Korsgaard says: “Our practical identities are, for the most part, contingent.” (p. 23) We construct ourselves from our choices, our actions, from the reasons that we legislate. We are all divided into parts and we must look to our reasons before we make a choice on which action we should perform. These reasons come from principles. These principles cannot be those that have been dictated to us by others, such as those principles of Unitarianism: “The principle of unity, if it were a principle of reason, would be a substantive principle, not a formal one, based on the unsupported thesis that maximal happiness just is the good.” (p. 57) Korsgaard argues against actions that are dictated by a theory that encourages us to substantiate our personal identity by choosing those actions that bring about the best result (or the least amount of bad results) for the
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