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Summary Autonomy is one of the most often discussed topics in modern and contemporary philosophy.  It is key to some moral theories, some political philosophies, and, of course, central to understanding the nature of personhood.  Unsurprisingly, then, there are significant disagreements about the nature of autonomy.  There are thinner and thicker understandings of autonomy throughout the literature.  There are moral and political demands that autonomy be protected or promoted.  Its use as a central value in applied ethics is standard.  Generally speaking, then, there are disagreements about what autonomy is and how and why it matters in moral theory and political philosophy.
Key works It is difficult to say what would count as a "key work" here.  Historically, Kant is likely the most important author to consider.  His deontological moral theory rests on a particularly thick conception of autonomy. For a detailed historical overview of autonomy in modern philosophy, it may be best to start with J.B. Schneewind's 1998 The Invention of Autonomy.
Introductions Perhaps the best place to start considering the nature of autonomy is Stephen Darwall's 2006. See also John Christman's SEP entry.
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  1. H. & (2012). Introduction: Castoriadis, Genealogy, History. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 8 (2):1-2.
    Editorial introduction to the special issue on the work of Castoriadis.
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  2. B. D. A. (1964). The Existential Background of Human Dignity. [REVIEW] Review of Metaphysics 17 (3):479-479.
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  3. R. A. (1955). The Dignity of the Human Person. [REVIEW] Review of Metaphysics 9 (1):159-159.
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  4. Sandra Abdo (2005). Sobre o problema da autonomia da arte e suas implicações hermenêuticas e ontológicas. Kriterion 46 (112):357-366.
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  5. Henry Abramovitch & Eliezer Schwartz (1996). Three Stages of Medical Dialogue. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 17 (2).
    The negative consequences of physicians' failure to establish and maintain personal relationships with patients are at the heart of the humanistic crisis in medicine. To resolve this crisis, a new model of doctor-patient interaction is proposed, based on the ideas of Martin Buber's philosophy of dialogue. This model shows how the physican may successfully combine the personal (I-Thou) and impersonal (I-It) aspects of medicine in three stages. These Three Stages of Medical Dialogue include:1. An Initial Personal Meeting stage, which initiates (...)
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  6. Wolfgang Achtner (2011). Willensfreiheit und Person in neurowissenschaftlicher und theologischer Perspektive. Neue Zeitschrift Für Systematische Theologie Und Religionsphilosophie 53 (2):137-154.
    ZUSAMMENFASSUNGEs werden aus der Theologiegeschichte vier Typen von Willensfreiheit erhoben: der Typus liberum arbitrium , der Typus des nominalistischen Willensbegriffs , der Typus des mystischen Willensbegriffs und der Typus der Rechtfertigungslehre. Die ersten drei Typen werden psychologisch interpretiert im Sinne der Ichentwicklung als präautonom, autonom und transautonom. Nach der Darstellung und Diskussion der gegenwärtigen neurowissenschaftlichen Debatte um die Willensfreiheit wird ein systemisch verstandener Personbegriff als Brückenkonzept vorgeschlagen.SUMMARYFour types of free will are identified from the history of theology: The type of (...)
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  7. Marilyn McCord Adams (2012). Sex and the Sins of the Fathers: Fertility Religion Versus Human Rights. In Zoë Bennett & David B. Gowler (eds.), Radical Christian Voices and Practice: Essays in Honour of Christopher Rowland. Oup Oxford.
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  8. Suzi Adams (2008). Towards a Post-Phenomenology of Life: Castoriadis' Naturphilosophie. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 4 (1-2):387-400.
    The present paper situates Castoriadis’ later philosophy of nature as part of wider debates on the problematic of ‘life’ within post-Merleau-Pontian currents. Through hermeneutical reconstruction, it argues that ‘life’, as understood by Castoriadis, points to auto-poietic modes of being. Castoriadis’ interpretation of auto-poiesis is specific: self-moving and self-creating modes of being in the radical sense of ontological creation of form. The paper contends that Castoriadis’ contribution to these debates is twofold. First, ‘life’ in the broad sense is extended to all (...)
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  9. Suzi Adams (2003). Castoriadis' Shift Towards Physis. Thesis Eleven 74 (1):105-112.
    The ontological turn in Castoriadis' thought is exemplified in The Imaginary Institution of Society (IIS). Castoriadis did not stop there, however, but was drawn to enquire into more general ontological questions. In turn, this line of questioning made its presence felt significantly in Castoriadis' intellectual trajectory, such that, as I argue in this article, we can speak of a shift from a regional ontology of the social-historical (as developed in the IIS) to a later transregional ontology of physis as creative (...)
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  10. JoÅo [ieJoão] Mauricio Adeodato (1993). Legal Decision-Making Proceedings in Underdeveloped Countries. In K. B. Agrawal & R. K. Raizada (eds.), Sociological Jurisprudence and Legal Philosophy: Random Thoughts On. University Book House.
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  11. Meneo A. Afonso (1996). What is the Nature of Authority in the Church? Upa.
    This work seeks to understand the dominant socio-political view of Church authority in the context of history, and to articulate a vision of non-political authority in the Church drawn from spiritual anthropology rather than from political theories.
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  12. Rolf Ahlers (1984). Nietzsche's Dialectic of Freedom. Pakistan Philosophical Journal 22:43-67.
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  13. Iftikhar Ahmad & Michelle Y. Szpara (forthcoming). Education for Democratic Citizenship and Peace: Proposal for a Cosmopolitan Model. Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association.
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  14. Zuo Ai (2001). A Discussion of" Human Dignity"(1957). In Stephen C. Angle & Marina Svensson (eds.), Chinese Human Rights Reader. M. E. Sharpe. 222.
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  15. Akira Akabayashi & Brian Taylor Slingsby (2006). Informed Consent Revisited: Japan and the U.S. American Journal of Bioethics 6 (1):9 – 14.
    Informed consent, decision-making styles and the role of patient-physician relationships are imperative aspects of clinical medicine worldwide. We present the case of a 74-year-old woman afflicted with advanced liver cancer whose attending physician, per request of the family, did not inform her of her true diagnosis. In our analysis, we explore the differences in informed-consent styles between patients who hold an "independent" and "interdependent" construal of the self and then highlight the possible implications maintained by this position in the context (...)
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  16. E. Alexander (1990). Aphasia - the Worm's Eye View of a Philosophic Patient and the Medical Establishment. Diogenes 38 (150):1-23.
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  17. G. Caleb Alexander & John D. Lantos (2006). The Doctor-Patient Relationship in the Post-Managed Care Era. American Journal of Bioethics 6 (1):29 – 32.
  18. Larry Alexander (1996). The Moral Magic of Consent (II). Legal Theory 2 (3):165-174.
    I begin my analysis of consent by agreeing with Professor Hurd that consent functions as a “moral transformative” by altering the obligations and permissions that determine the Tightness of others' actions. I further agree with her that consent is intimately related to the capacity for autonomous action; one who cannot alter others' obligations through consent is not fully autonomous. I cannot improve on her elaboration of these points.
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  19. Robert Alexy (2014). Ustavna Prava I Proporcionalnost. Revus 22:35-50.
    Dva su osnovna shvatanja odnosa između ustavnih prava i analize proporcionalnosti. Prvo drži da postoji nužna veza između ustavnih prava i proporcionalnosti; drugo tvrdi da pitanje o tome da li su ustavna prava i proporcionalnost povezani zavisi od toga šta su ustavotvorci zapravo odlučili, tj. zavisi od pozitivnog prava. Prva teza se može označiti kao “teza o nužnosti”, druga se može označiti kao “teza o kontingentnosti.” Prema tezi o nužnosti, legitimnost proporcionalnosti je pitanje prirode ustavnih prava, dok je prema tezi (...)
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  20. Betty Alford, Julia Ballenger, Angela Crespo Cozart, Sandy Harris, Ray Horn, Patrick M. Jenlink, John Leonard, Vincent Mumford, Amanda Rudolph, Kris Sloan, Sandra Stewart, Faye Hicks Townes & Kim Woo (2009). The Struggle for Identity in Today's Schools: Cultural Recognition in a Time of Increasing Diversity. R&L Education.
    This book examines cultural recognition and the struggle for identity in America's schools. In particular, the contributing authors focus on the recognition and misrecognition as antagonistic cultural forces that work to shape, and at times distort identity.
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  21. C. Fred Alford (2005). Freedom of the Encumbered Self: Michael Sandel and Iris Murdoch. Contemporary Political Theory 4 (2):109.
    The debate over encumbered versus unencumbered selves that characterized the dialogue between liberalism and republicanism did not end well. Neither side seemed enlightened by its encounter with the other, as it became increasingly difficult to pin down the differences between the sides, never more so than when Michael Sandel was violently agreeing with Richard Dagger. Drawing on the work of novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch, this essay argues that Sandel could have made a much stronger argument for his view than (...)
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  22. R. T. Allen (1992). The Education of Autonomous Man.
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  23. Peter Allmark (2005). Health, Happiness and Health Promotion. Journal of Applied Philosophy 22 (1):1–15.
    This article claims that health promotion is best practised in the light of an Aristotelian conception of the good life for humans and of the place of health within it.
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  24. Matthew C. Altman & Cynthia D. Coe (2008). The Self as Creature and Creator. Idealistic Studies 37 (3):179-202.
    The conception of subjectivity that dominates the Western philosophical tradition, particularly during the Enlightenment, sets up a simple dichotomy: either the subject is ultimately autonomous or it is merely a causally determined thing. Fichte and Freud challenge this model by formulating theories of subjectivity that transcend this opposition. Fichte conceives of the subject as based in absolute activity, but that activity is qualified by a check for which it is not ultimately responsible. Freud explains the behavior of the self in (...)
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  25. Pamela Andanda (2005). Module Two: Informed Consent. Developing World Bioethics 5 (1):14–29.
    ABSTRACTThe objective of this module is to familiarise you with the concept of informed consent, its ethical basis, its elements, and typical problems that are encountered even by the most well intentioned researchers when trying to achieve genuine informed consent.
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  26. Charles W. Anderson (1990). Pragmatic Liberalism. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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  27. Tadit Anderson, Pericles and the Socialization of Econmics. Re-Imagining Economics Website.
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  28. William C. Anderson (forthcoming). The Coercion Factor in Medical Student Subject Recruitment. Irb.
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  29. Roberto Andorno (2012). 7 International Policy and a Universal Conception of Human Dignity. In Stephen Dilley & Nathan J. Palpant (eds.), Human Dignity in Bioethics: From Worldviews to the Public Square. Routledge. 13--127.
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  30. Roberto Andorno (2001). The Paradoxical Notion of Human Dignity. Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia Del Diritto 78 (2):151-168.
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  31. Gabriel Andreescu & Liviu Andreescu (2010). The European Court of Human Rights' Lautsi Decision: Context, Contents, Consequences. Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies 9 (26):47-74.
    The paper discusses the context, substance and likely implications of the European Court of Human Rights’ very recent but, in our view, historic decision in the case of Lautsi v. Italy. The article offers an outline of the case and of the decision’s motivation, a presentation of the responses, and a brief discussion of its relevance to the similar Romanian case. We examine in some detail the objections leveled against the ruling, track the progress of the Court’s relevant jurisprudence on (...)
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  32. George J. Annas (1992). Advance Planning and Proxy Decision Makers. Ethics and Behavior 2 (1):67 – 68.
  33. Louise Antony (2006). The Socialization of Epistemology. In Robert E. Goodin & Charles Tilly (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis. Oxford University Press. 58.
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  34. David Archard (1994). Privacy and Social Freedom. [REVIEW] Radical Philosophy 67.
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  35. David Archard, Paternalism Defined.
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  36. Johann P. Arnason & Peter Beilharz (1998). Cornelius Castoriadis 1922-1997. Thesis Eleven 53 (1).
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  37. Johann P. Arnason & Peter Beilharz (1997). Castoriadis and Thesis Eleven. Thesis Eleven 49 (1):vi-viii.
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  38. Vilhjálmur Árnason (1999). Kant, Mill and Consumer Autonomy: A Response to R. S. Downie. Ends and Means 3 (2).
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  39. Argyris Arnellos, Thomas Spyrou & Ioannis Darzentas (2010). Naturalising the Design Process: Autonomy and Interaction as Core Features. In Marcin Miłkowski Konrad Talmont-Kaminski (ed.), Beyond Description: Naturalism and Normativity. College Publications.
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  40. Argyris Arnellos, Thomas Spyrtou & Ioannis Darzentas (2010). Towards the Naturalization of Agency Based on an Interactivist Account of Autonomy. New Ideas in Psychology 28 (3):296-311.
    This paper attempts to provide the basis for a broader naturalized account of agency. Naturalization is considered as the need for an ongoing and open-ended process of scientific inquiry driven by the continuous formulation of questions regarding a phenomenon. The naturalization of agency is focused around the interrelation of the fundamental notions of autonomy, functionality, intentionality and meaning. Certain naturalized frameworks of agency are critically considered in an attempt to bring together all the characteristic properties that constitute an autonomous agent, (...)
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  41. Richard Arneson (1994). Autonomy and Preference Formation. In Joel Feinberg, Jules L. Coleman & Allen E. Buchanan (eds.), In Harm's Way: Essays in Honor of Joel Feinberg. Cambridge University Press. 42--75.
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  42. Richard J. Arneson (1980). Mill Versus Paternalism. Ethics 90 (4):470-489.
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  43. Robert M. Arnold (1994). Should Competent Patients or Their Families Be Notified Before HECs Review the Patients' Cases? Yes. HEC Forum 6 (4):257-259.
  44. Nomy Arpaly (2004). Which Autonomy. In M. O.’Rourke J. K. Campbell (ed.), Freedom and Determinism. Mit. 173--188.
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  45. Nomy Arpaly (2004). 8 Which Autonomy? In M. O.’Rourke J. K. Campbell (ed.), Freedom and Determinism. Mit. 173.
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  46. K. Michael Aschenbrenner (1981). Developping and Testing a Decision Aid for Pupils Choosing an Apprenticeship. Roczniki Filozoficzne 29 (4):58.
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  47. E. Ashcroft Richard (2005). Making Sense of Dignity. Journal of Medical Ethics 31.
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  48. Felix B. Asiedu, Debra Romanick Baldwin, Phillip Cary, Mark J. Doorley, Daniel Doyle, Marylu Hill, John Immerwahr, Richard M. Jacobs, Thomas F. Martin, Andrew R. Murphy & Thomas W. Smith (2008). Augustine and Liberal Education. Lexington Books.
    This book applies Augustine's thought to current questions of teaching and learning. The essays are written in an accessible style and is not intended just for experts on Augustine or church history.
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  49. Robin Attfield (1991). Making Decisions. Philosophy Now 1:5-8.
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  50. Claudia Atzori (forthcoming). L'ambigua Neutralità di Charles Larmore da Patterns of Moral Complexity a Respect for Persons. Annali Della Facoltà di Lettere E Filosofia.
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