To Choose or Not to Choose: Locke and Lowe On the Nature and Powers of the Self: Barbara Hannan

Philosophy 86 (1):59-73 (2011)

Abstract

I compare Locke's views on the nature and powers of the self with E. J. Lowe's view, ‘non-Cartesian substance dualism’. Lowe agrees with Locke that persons have a power to choose or not to choose. Lowe takes this power to be non-causal. I argue that this move does not obviously succeed in evading the notorious interaction problem that arises for all forms of substance dualism, including those of Locke and Descartes. However, I am sympathetic to Lowe's attempt to give a metaphysical account of a robust sort of agency that would explain how human beings might be genuinely autonomous.

Download options

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 72,743

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Analytics

Added to PP
2012-08-27

Downloads
76 (#155,447)

6 months
3 (#198,075)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Barbara Ellen Hannan
University of New Mexico

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Lowe on Locke's and Frege's Conceptions of Number.A. Arrieta-Urtizberea - 2010 - Organon F: Medzinárodný Časopis Pre Analytickú Filozofiu 17 (1):39-52.
Lowe on Locke{Textquoteright}s and Frege{Textquoteright}s Conceptions of Number.A. Arrieta-Urtizberea - 2010 - Organon F: Medzinárodný Časopis Pre Analytickú Filozofiu 17 (1):39-52.
Could Mental Causation Be Invisible?David Robb - forthcoming - In Alexander Carruth, S. C. Gibb & John Heil (eds.), The Metaphysics of E.J. Lowe. Oxford University Press.
Lowe's Locke on Human Understanding. Miller - 1995 - Locke Studies 26:141-155.
Locke.E. J. Lowe - 1993 - Routledge.
Locke on Human Understanding: Selected Essays.I. C. Tipton (ed.) - 1977 - Oxford University Press.
Locke, Martin and Substance.E. J. Lowe - 2000 - Philosophical Quarterly 50 (201):499-514.
Locke, Martin and Substance. E. Lowe - 2000 - Philosophical Quarterly 50 (201):499-514.
Primary and Secondary Qualities.Robert A. Wilson - 2016 - In Matthew Stuart (ed.), A Companion to Locke. Blackwell. pp. 193-211.
Dispositions, Laws, and Categories.Ludger Jansen - 2007 - Metaphysica 8 (2):211-220.
Locke on Power and Causation.Ruth Mattern - 1981 - Philosophy Research Archives 7:835-995.