The Value of Transparent Self-Knowledge

Fleur Jongepier
2020 Ethical Theory and Moral Practice  
AbstractQuestions about the normative significance of 'transparency' do not receive much attention, even though they were central to Richard Moran's (2001) original account. Instead, transparency is typically studied because of its epistemic and psychological peculiarities. In this paper, I consider three normative conceptions of transparency: teleological rationalism, procedural rationalism, and relational rationalism. The first is a theory about how transparency might relate to flourishing as
more » ... e to flourishing as a rational agent; the latter two are theories about how transparency relates to non-alienated self-knowledge. All three conceptions, I argue, face serious problems. I end the paper by suggesting where the rationalist might go from here and by highlighting the importance of focusing not on the methods but on the broader circumstances in which self-knowledge is gained or lost.
doi:10.1007/s10677-020-10118-8 fatcat:uagezkk7dnc4vleevvkrwyztgm