[ExI] agency-based personal identity

gts gts_2000 at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 4 20:32:20 UTC 2007

On Wed, 27 Jun 2007 15:59:24 -0400, Jef Allbright <jef at jefallbright.net>  

> Consider a newborn infant.  It functions on its own behalf, at least
> enough to find and suck on a nipple, but it yet lacks a model of
> itself as a self.
> Is there agency?
> It certainly acts on its environment relative to its values so there
> is agency, not yet in its own mind, but assigned in the minds of other
> observers.

Are you suggesting here that the newborn has no intrinsic agency? That its  
agency exists only in the minds of observers?


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