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Deep trouble for the deep self

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Abstract:

Chandra Sripada's (2010) Deep Self Concordance Account aims to explain various asymmetries in people's judgments of intentional action. On this account, people distinguish between an agent's active and deep self; attitude attributions to the agent's deep self are then presumed to play a causal role in people's intentionality ascriptions. Two judgments are supposed to play a role in these attributions—a judgment that specifies the attitude at issue and one that indicates that the attitude is robust (Sripada & Konrath, 2011). In this article, we show that the Deep Self Concordance Account, as it is currently articulated, is unacceptable.

Keywords: Causal Modeling; Deep Self; Experimental Philosophy; Harm and Help Cases; Intentional Action; Knobe; Sripada; Structural Equation Modeling

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09515089.2011.622438

Publication date: October 1, 2012

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