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Why Means Matter: A Critical Analysis of the Compatibility of Mood-Enhancement with Self-Respect

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Levinia Scotti

Copenhagen Business School DK; University of Bayreuth, DE
About Levinia
MSc Student in Business Administration and Philosophy (2016-18). She holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy & Economics. During her time in Bayreuth, she has developed a particular interest within the fields of applied ethics and political philosophy. Her current studies at CBS allow her to further pursue her interest in applied philosophy at the intersection of business and society.
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This paper evaluates the compatibility of mood-enhancement drugs with the conception of self-respect as uncompromised self-acceptance. The first part of the paper defines two key concepts, namely self-respect and mood-enhancement. The second part is a twofold evaluation. In the first step, two lines of argument in favour of the use of mood-enhancers are presented, both of which are based on a standard account of recognition self-respect. These two lines of argument suggest the existence of instrumental value arising from mood-enhanced states of mind as well as a value that may or may not lie in the very act of enhancing one's mood. However, it is demonstrated that self-respect as uncompromised self-acceptance undermines the existence of such potential values. In a second step, it is demonstrated that the act of taking mood-enhancing drugs is incompatible with the conception of self-respect as uncompromised self-acceptance, because such mood-enhancement ignores the importance of acknowledging, understanding, and responding to one's emotional reasons.
How to Cite: Scotti, L., 2016. Why Means Matter: A Critical Analysis of the Compatibility of Mood-Enhancement with Self-Respect. Rerum Causae, 8(2), pp.1–17.
Published on 01 Jul 2016.
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