Joel Anderson

Joel Anderson
Utrecht University | UU · Ethics Institute, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Doctor of Philosophy

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This chapter attempts to “re-boot” the discussion of Harry Frankfurt’s approach to autonomy, in the service of a new diagnosis of the strengths and weaknesses of his satisfaction-based ontology of the will. Criticisms of Frankfurt’s work have tended to focus on a lack of normative foundations, often missing Frankfurt’s aim of shifting discussions o...
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This entry examines the claim that social philosophies centered on recognition are at odds with those centered on negative liberty. Several versions of the negative conception of freedom are articulated, together with corresponding tensions with the promotion of relations of recognition. This initial opposition is then shown to miss several senses...
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Background/objective: Bedtime procrastination is a prevalent cause of sleep deprivation, but little is known about why people delay their bedtimes. In the present research, we conducted a qualitative study with bedtime procrastinators to classify their self-reported reasons for later-than-intended bedtime. Participants: Participants (N = 17) wer...
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Bedtime procrastination is an important predictor of sleep insufficiency in the general population (Kroese et al., 2014b), but little is known about the determinants of this self-undermining behavior. As the phenomenon has been conceptualized in the literature as a form of self-regulation failure (Kroese et al., 2014a), we hypothesized that people’...
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Full-text view-only version of the paper can be accessed here:: http://rdcu.be/ut5k With this set of papers, we hope to contribute significantlyto a scientific approach to e-coaching for healthy lifestyles.We sincerely believe such a scientific approach is needed inthis growing field, as part of the identification and validationof valuable compone...
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In this chapter, we discuss a specific domain of procrastination that significantly affects health and well-being, “bedtime procrastination”: the phenomenon of postponing going to bed, typically resulting in a lack of sleep. The chapter describes how a lack of sleep affects health and well-being, how bedtime procrastination plays a role in this reg...
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Using John Perry's notion of "structured procrastination" as a foil, I developed a definition of procrastination as "culpably unwarranted delay," that is, as choosing to put a task off to a later point in time, even though there are overridingly good reasons not to put things off, and there are no circumstances that excuse one either for failing to...
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Voting advice applications (VAAs) are interactive online tools designed to assist voters by improving the basis on which they decide how to vote. Current VAAs typically aim to do so by matching users’ policy-preferences with the positions of parties or candidates. But this ‘matching model’ depends crucially on implicit, contestable presuppositions...
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Many discussions of love and the family treat issues of justice as something alien. On this view, concerns about whether one's family is internally just are in tension with the modes of interaction that are characteristic of loving families. In this essay, we challenge this widespread view. We argue that once justice becomes a shared family concern...
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Many people sincerely believe that it would be good to make lifestyle choices that have a positive effect on their own health, the social viability of their communities, and the longterm quality of the environment. Yet these same people often fail to act in accordance with these intentions. In this paper, we draw attention to the fact that people's...
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Like being able to drive a car, being autonomous is a socially attributed, claimed, and contested status. Normative debates about criteria for autonomy (and what autonomy entitles one to) are best understood, not as debates about what autonomy, at core, really is, but rather as debates about the relative merits of various possible packages of thres...
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Autonomy is arguably the central concept of a distinctively modern understanding of the dignity of the person, and it is considered to be a core principle in all domains of applied ethics. Autonomy is a matter of self-rule.
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Should society intervene to prevent the risky behavior of precocious teenagers even if it would be impermissible to intervene with adults who engage in the same risky behavior? The problem is well illustrated by the legal case of the 13-year-old Dutch girl Laura Dekker, who set out in 2009 to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world...
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Neste artigo, desenvolvemos uma concepcao do que significaria para uma sociedade levar a serio a obrigacao de reduzir as vulnerabilidades relacionadas a autonomia dos individuos a um minimo aceitavel. Sustentamos, em particular, que as concepcoes liberais tipicas subestimam o escopo dessa obrigacao porque nao conseguem levar em conta as varias amea...
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In this paper, we develop an externalist understanding of procrastination and, in particular, of our how our distributed will and its supportive social scaffolding enables us to keep procrastination in check (to the extent that we are able to). Thinking about procrastination in this way has several attractive implications. It provides an explanatio...
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Historical mantles are rarely worn comfortably. The associated expectations can be quite a burden. So it is not surprising that, like Jürgen Habermas, Axel Honneth refrains from identifying himself as a ‘Frankfurt School’ theorist. In his case, however, there is really no denying the lineage. Not only is he the successor to Habermas’ chair in socia...
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In discussions of performance enhancement, as in applied ethics generally, it is tempting to think that we can answer the hard ethical questions by discovering boundary lines that lie in the subject matter itself. The hope, here, is that we could settle an array of thorny issues if only we could identify the fault-lines between, for example, therap...
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In this paper, I examine two versions of the so-called "hierarchical" approach to personal autonomy, based on the notion of "second-order desires". My pri- mary concern will be with the question of whether these approaches provide an adequate basis for understanding the dynamics of autonomy-ascription. I begin by distinguishing two versions of the...
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Both in political theory and in ethics, discussions of pluralism are haunted by an opposition between subjectivity and objectivity. Claims of subjectivity - of individual identity, personal tastes, and diverse ways of life - are construed as conflicting with claims of objectivity - of morality, impartiality, and the Good. Debates then center on whi...
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One of liberalism’s core commitments is to safeguarding individuals’ autonomy. And a central aspect of liberal social justice is the commitment to protecting the vulnerable. Taken together, and combined with an understanding of autonomy as an acquired set of capacities to lead one’s own life, these commitments suggest that liberal societies should...
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In recent years the concepts of individual autonomy and political liberalism have been the subjects of intense debate, but these discussions have occurred largely within separate academic disciplines. Autonomy and the Challenges to Liberalism contains essays devoted to foundational questions regarding both the notion of the autonomous self and the...
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It has been argued most prominently in Harry Frankfurt recent work that the normative authority of personal commitments derives not from their intrinsic worth but from the way in which ones will is invested in what one cares about. In this essay, I argue that even if this approach is construed broadly and supplemented in various ways, its intrasubj...
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Part I. Modern Ethics: 1. The right and the good 2. Beyond religion and enlightenment 3. The secret philosophy of Leo Strauss Part II. Beyond Naturalism: 4. Nietzsche's legacy 5. Moral knowledge Part III. Liberalism and Modernity: 6. Political liberalism 7. Pluralism and reasonable disagreement 8. Carl Schmitt's critique of liberal democracy 9. Mod...

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