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Toward an Anthropology of the Will$
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Keith M. Murphy and C. Jason Throop

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804768870

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804768870.001.0001

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Moral Willing as Narrative Re-Envisioning

Moral Willing as Narrative Re-Envisioning

(p.50) Chapter 3Moral Willing as Narrative Re-Envisioning
Toward an Anthropology of the Will

Cheryl Mattingly

Stanford University Press

This chapter takes a look at the argument that is directly against a characterization of will as a “moment of choice”. This argument treats willing as a processual development. The chapter shows that willing can be viewed as a gradual change of orientation from one attentional target to another. In this chapter, thinking of will is a morally loaded process that is achieved through emotion work, thought, conversation, and a variety of other experiences. The chapter also briefly refers to recent anthropological considerations of emotion, agency, and intention.

Keywords:   will, willing, emotion work, thought, conversation, thinking of will

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