The Moral Self

The Moral Self

The Moral Self

The Moral Self


The Moral Self discusses how morality enters into our lives. Pauline Chazan draws upon psychology, moral philosophy and literacry interpretation to rebut the view that the role of morality is to limit desire and control self-love. The Moral Self offers a very interesting interdisciplinary perspective on a fascinating topic, and will be of greatinterest and use to students of philosophy and psychology.


This book began as a Ph.D. thesis, supervised in its early stages by Michael Stocker, and then by Kimon Lycos. I am extraordinarily fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with these two philosophers, and I owe a great deal to both of them.

I thank Michael Stocker for the wonderful work he has done in ethics, for it is this more than anything else which ignited my interest in moral psychology. I also thank him for urging me to begin The Moral Self, and for the many stimulating, productive discussions we had in Melbourne prior to his departure for the United States. That departure had left me concerned about the possibility of finding another supervisor as knowledgeable and dedicated as he.

I need not have been apprehensive: Kim Lycos' enthusiasm and love for philosophy infused our discussions with excitement, and I was constantly amazed by the breadth of his knowledge and the depth of his understanding. I am grateful for his generosity with his time, the invaluable comments he made on numerous drafts of my work, and the encouragement he gave me. His death in 1995 dealt a terrible blow, not only to the Australian philosophical community, but to all who knew him.

I would like to thank La Trobe University for granting me a two year Post-Doctoral Fellowship, during which time I was able to prepare this book. I also thank members of the School of Philosophy at La Trobe University for providing such a congenial, friendly atmosphere in which to work.

I am grateful to a number of people who read and discussed drafts of various chapters with me. I would like to thank John Campbell, Christopher Cordner, Graeme Marshall, Behan McCullagh, Dorothy Mitchell, Tim Oakley and Janna Thompson. I

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