Harry G. Frankfurt's scientific contributions

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What philosophers have lately come to accept as analysis of the concept of a person is not actually analysis of that concept at all. Strawson, whose usage represents the current standard, identifies the concept of a person as “the concept of a type of entity such that both predicates ascribing states of consciousness and predicates ascribing corpor...

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... Within certain strands of Western philosophy, there has been a strong "rationalist" tendency to consider that a person's true self is rooted in, or simply is, their autonomous self: the part of them that is rational and reflective rather than instinctive or supposedly "emotional" (Aristotle, 2014;Frankfurt, 1971). However, there are also important traditions according to which a person's spontaneous feelings, impulses, or desires-unchecked by cold reason or repressive socialization-are most indicative of who they really are (for discussion, see Newman et al., 2014). ...