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Identification FRANKFURT Frankfurt starts ‘Identification and Wholeheartedness’ with a discussion of consciousness. He contends that an essential feature of consciousness is self-consciousness. (Is this a sufficient condition or merely a necessary condition?) More important though is the discussion of the desires with which we identify. Identification here should be understood as acceptance, not as essentially linked either to endorsement or what one cares about. (One can identify with a desire without endorsing or approving of it; and one can identify with a desire that one takes to be trivial; see Frankfurt’s ‘Reply to Watson’ in Contours of Agency.) In his earlier work Frankfurt had understood this in terms of higher order desires. But it was unclear why a higher order desire would be one with which one specially identified. Later he comes to understand identification in terms of decisions. Actually there seem to be two distinct phenomena that he discusses. The first concerns the case of checking a sum over and
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Unformatted text preview: over. At some point one might arrive at a decisive identification with a certain answer (p. 169). It ‘resounds endlessly’. Is it that there is a judgement that no further conflict will be found? Not necessarily. Rather the idea is that we decide that no further checking is warranted; and this can be true even if we think that we may have reason to revise it. However, Frankfurt does seem to think that the decision that no further checking is warranted is one that we do think won’t be rejected (‘he can anticipate that this view will be endlessly confirmed by accurate reviews of it’ p. 168); in fact he seems to think that this is necessary for identification. That is what the resonance effect amounts to. Is this right? Couldn’t one still identify with a belief without being confident that one’s decision not to revisit it would not itself be something that one would revise? Couldn’t this go all the way up?...
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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