Autonomy: Volume 20, Part 2

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521534994
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • 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)

Table of Contents

1. Stoic autonomy John M. Cooper; 2. Autonomous autonomy: Spinoza on autonomy, perfectionism, and politics Douglas Den Uyl; 3. Kant on the theory and practice of autonomy Paul Guyer; 4. How much should we value autonomy? Marina Oshana; 5. Autonomy, duress, and coercion James Stacey Taylor; 6. Autonomy and hierarchy Michael E. Bratman; 7. Reason and autonomy Keith Lehrer; 8. Identification, the self, and autonomy Bernard Berofsky; 9. Some tensions between autonomy and self-governance Jonathan Jacobs; 10. Autonomy from the viewpoint of teleological behaviorism Howard Rachlin; 11. The paradox of group autonomy Christopher Heath Wellman; 12. Abortion, autonomy, and control over one's body John Martin Fischer; 13. Freedom as a political ideal Steven Wall.

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