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Authenticity, Manipulation, and the Autonomous Process

Shane J George, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


In this dissertation, I argue that Compatibilists must address the concern of authenticity in order to address the concerns of Libertarian Incompatibilists. I argue that the Compatibilist Standard Model assumes an authentic self as the source of authenticity in autonomous actions and desires, but this due to the ab initio Problem and the Value Formation Manipulation Problem the Standard Model is ultimately untenable. To get around this issue, I propose an inversion of the relationship between authenticity and autonomy where autonomy is a recursive reiterative process which generates authenticity as an output property. I then develop the underlying epistemic and decision theoretic elements which a process would require to produce authenticity under the conditions which give rise to the ab initio Problem and Value Formation Problems respectively. I then discuss the social and political implications which are implied by this view.

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George, Shane J, "Authenticity, Manipulation, and the Autonomous Process" (2019). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI13426858.