Social Theory and Practice 46 (2):277-297 (2020)

August Gorman
Oakland University
Much of the literature on impairment to self-governance focuses on cases in which a person either lacks the ability to protect herself from errant urges or cases in which a person lacks the capacity to initiate self-reflective agential processes. This has led to frameworks for thinking about self-governance designed with only the possibility of these sorts of impairments in mind. I challenge this orthodoxy using the case of melancholic depression to show that there is a third way that self-governance can be undermined: an agent may fail to form the desire she most wants to act on.
Keywords Self-Governance  Depression  Agency  Autonomy  Volitional Impairment  Desire  Harry Frankfurt  Free Will
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DOI 10.5840/soctheorpract202032385
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