Hypothetical example of owen getting a reason for

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Unformatted text preview: . On the other hand, for Williams, it is exactly this kind of conversion that would give Owen reason to join the army. Once he includes the respect for the family honour into his motivational set, the reasons for joining the army will more or less logically follow. Since it is obvious that the ground projects belong (together with other projects, CEU eTD Collection “dispositions of evaluation”, “patterns of emotional reaction” and “personal loyalties”) into what Williams calls the subjective motivational set, and since it is also obvious that tradition of the Wingrave family military honour must be Owen’s ground project (because, one is expected to sacrifice his life for it, if needed) if it is to be considered a reason for Owen to join the army, then, we could say that the hypothetical example of Owen getting a reason for joining the army through acquiring this ground project fairly resembles the way that Tamir’s 47 Spencer Coyle, Owen’s trainer, makes this point several times: “To my sense he is, in a high sense, a fighting man”, he retorts to Owen’s fiancé when she expresses her doubts on about Owens courage. On a separate occasion he notices that Owen’ preparedness to face the attacks and accusations of the Wingraves, shows that “he was after all not a Wingrave for nothing, and had a steadiness under fire”. And when Owen asks him for advice, Coyle answers: “Oh, you are a soldier; you must fight it out!”, Henry James, “Owen Wingrave”. 28 hypothetical citizen is to be considered as having a reason to die for her country. Macintyrian objection would then again be the same as in the previous case: the fact that there is such a reason, and that it has force for the citizen in question, does not neccessarily make it a good CEU eTD Collection reason. 29 CHAPTER 3: NATIONALIST GROUND PROJECT, THE CONCEPT AND THE PROBLEMS Macintyre claims that there are two ways that the self may be related to its ground projects. The first way is that a certain project matters to me exactly becuse it is mine. In Macintyre’s words: “The self to which they are related to is one that exists indipendently of and antecendently to, and which identifies itself as continuing to exist indepedently of and antecendantly to, the project that it is involved”48. The second way would be such that projects matter to me because of its very character – I appreciate it because “I understand myself in terms of my role in the project, and not vice versa.”49 In this case, “the self is transformed by its roles within projects and practices so that its motivations become those required from the impersonal standpoint of the role.”50 There are, Macintyre further claims, two different types of ground projects: the ones we can relate to in both possible ways, and the ones we can relate to only in the second way, and these are the ones which require “the kind of transcending of self that relegates to a position of unimportance the fact that this project happens to be mine.”51 If the state is a bearer of a certain tradition of practice, and the citizen understands herself in terms of the role in this practice, then being prepared to die for one’s countr...
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