Age and agency

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I defend the following three-part hypothesis: (1) the sense that one is running out of time diminishes one's capacity to reauthor oneself; (2) this capacity is constitutive of agency par excellence; so, (3) the sense of running out of time attenuates agency. (2) is shown to enjoy both intuitive and abductive plausibility. (1) and (3) are confirmed by existing reflections on old age, as well as by empirical research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-369
Number of pages35
JournalPhilosophical Papers
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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