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Mohr, Georg

Kant Yearbook

Editor-in-Chief: Heidemann, Dietmar

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Spontaneity and Cognitive Agency

A Kantian Approach to the Contemporary Debate

Markos Valaris
Published Online: 2013-12-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/kantyb.2013.5.1.107


Cognitive agency - the idea that our judgments and beliefs are manifestations of agency on our part - is a deeply entrenched aspect of our self-conception as persons. And yet it has proven hard to give a satisfying account of what such agency might consist in. In this paper I argue that getting clear about Kant’s notion of spontaneity might help us make progress in that debate. In particular, I argue that the very same assumption - namely, that agency must be understood on the model of production - has been holding us back in both areas.

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Published Online: 2013-12-18

Published in Print: 2013-08-01

Citation Information: Kant Yearbook, Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 107–126, ISSN (Online) 1868-4602, ISSN (Print) 1868-4599, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/kantyb.2013.5.1.107.

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