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Ethical LifeIts Natural and Social Histories$
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Webb Keane

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691167732

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691167732.001.0001

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Selves and Others

Selves and Others

(p.77) Chapter 2 Selves and Others
Ethical Life

Webb Keane

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the intersection between psychology and the study of conversational interaction. People's self-understanding as ethical beings is most often instigated by the very dynamics of interaction. It is those very dynamics that give rise to explicit ethical accounts. There is nothing inherent about people's judgments as such that requires them to be fully self-aware about their ethics or able to verbalize it. However, it is important that people do become ethically self-aware and verbal and do project themselves forward in time as ethical persons—and that is crucial to the ways in which psychology and social history feed into one another. The chapter then argues that ethical implications of the basic features of interaction are registered in the ways people probe one another's intentions and character, for example, or to take others to be according or denying them recognition.

Keywords:   psychology, conversational interaction, ethical accounts, ethical beings, social history, intention-seeking

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