Autonomy: Volume 20, Part 2

Autonomy: Volume 20, Part 2

by Ellen Frankel Paul
     
 

As a central concept in moral and political philosophy, "autonomy" is generally understood as some form of self-governance or self-direction. Certain Stoics, modern philosophers such as Spinoza, and, most importantly, Immanuel Kant, are among the great philosophers who have offered important insights on the concept. Some theorists analyze autonomy as it relates to

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As a central concept in moral and political philosophy, "autonomy" is generally understood as some form of self-governance or self-direction. Certain Stoics, modern philosophers such as Spinoza, and, most importantly, Immanuel Kant, are among the great philosophers who have offered important insights on the concept. Some theorists analyze autonomy as it relates to the self being moved by its higher-order desires. Others argue that it must be understood as it relates to acting from reason or from a sense of moral duty independent of passion. The essays in this volume analyze the concept and role of autonomy in philosophy as well as their implications in public policy.

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'this book brings together an impressive array of academic expertise whose contributions cover historical, ethical, political and even psychological perspectives of the concept and its application.' The Philosophical Quarterly

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ISBN-13:
9780521534994
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2003
Series:
Social Philosophy and Policy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

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