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Hardcover | Out of Print | 381 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 1 illus. | June 2002 | ISBN: 9780262025133
Paperback | $28.00 X | £22.95 | 381 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 1 illus. | June 2002 | ISBN: 9780262528139
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The Contours of Agency

Essays on Themes from Harry Frankfurt
Edited by Sarah Buss and Lee Overton


The original essays in this book address Harry Frankfurt's influential writing on personal identity, love, value, moral responsibility, and the freedom and limits of the human will. Many of Frankfurt’s deepest insights come from exploring the self-reflective nature of human agents and the psychic conflicts that self-reflection often produces. His work has informed discussions in metaphysics, metaethics, normative ethics, and action theory.

The authors, recognized for their own contributions to the understanding of human agency, defend their original philosophical positions at the same time that they respond to Frankfurt's. Each essay is followed by a response from Frankfurt, in which he clarifies and elaborates on his views.

About the Editors

Sarah Buss is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan.

Lee Overton is Visiting Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University.


Contours of Agency promises to be one of the most important and most widely read anthologies in moral philosophy and the philosophy of mind in many years.”
Gideon A. Rosen, Department of Philosophy, Princeton University
“Harry Frankfurt is that rare thinker whose work improves the thought of other philosophers, as is amply on display in this quite amazing collection.”
Stephen Darwall, John Dewey Collegiate Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, University of Michigan