Continental Philosophy Review

, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 65-79

First online:

Existential choices: to what degree is who we are a matter of choice?

  • Somogy VargaAffiliated withInstitute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrueck Email author 

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On the one hand, it is commonly agreed that we make choices in which we are guided by a core of personal commitments, wishes, feelings, etc. that we take to express who we are. On the other, it is commonly agreed that some of these ‘existential’ choices constitute who we are. When confronting these two matters, the question of agency inevitably arises: Whether and in what sense can we choose ourselves? The paper will argue for a new perspective on existential choice.


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