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Autonomy

Edited by Andrew Jason Cohen (Georgia State University, Georgetown University)
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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. Sandra Abdo (2005). Sobre o problema da autonomia da arte e suas implicações hermenêuticas e ontológicas. Kriterion: Journal of Philosophy 46 (112):357-366.
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  3. Wolfgang Achtner (2011). Willensfreiheit und Person in neurowissenschaftlicher und theologischer Perspektive. Neue Zeitschrift für Systematicsche 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Willi Aeppli (2001). The Developing Child Sense and Nonsense in Education. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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  8. 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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  9. Rolf Ahlers (1984). Nietzsche's Dialectic of Freedom. Pakistan Philosophical Journal 22:43-67.
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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Éva Ancsel (1978). Történelem És Alternatívák a Cselekvés Válaszútjai. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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  16. Bruce Anderson (2000). Pointing Discussions of Interpretation Towards Dialectics: Some Comments on Michael Vertin’s Paper “Is There a Constitutional Right of Privacy?”. Method 18 (1):49-66.
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  17. Tadit Anderson, Pericles and the Socialization of Econmics. Re-Imagining Economics Website.
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  18. Roberto Andorno (2001). The Paradoxical Notion of Human Dignity. Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia Del Diritto 78 (2):151-168.
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  19. 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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  20. W. H. G. Armytage (1958). The Utopist Tradition in English Education. Doncaster Grammar School.
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  21. Johann P. Arnason & Peter Beilharz (1998). Cornelius Castoriadis 1922-1997. Thesis Eleven 53 (1):iii-iv.
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  22. Johann P. Arnason & Peter Beilharz (1997). Castoriadis and Thesis Eleven. Thesis Eleven 49 (1):vi-viii.
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  23. 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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  24. James Arthur (1994). Parental Involvement in Catholic Schools: A Case of Increasing Conflict. British Journal of Educational Studies 42 (2):174 - 190.
    Parental participation in the control and administration of Catholic schools has often been minimal and wholly dependent on the clergy. This is not surprising since Catholic parents have generally found the raison d'etre of Catholic schooling convincing and have concentrated their efforts on its continued maintenance and expansion under firm clerical leadership. Therefore, the increasing willingness of Catholic parents publicly to challenge the stated educational policies of the bishops needs to be examined. This article assesses the role of parents in (...)
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  25. James Arthur, Simon G. Gaine & Hugh Walters (1999). Earthen Vessels the Thomistic Tradition in Education.
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  26. K. Michael Aschenbrenner (1981). Developping and Testing a Decision Aid for Pupils Choosing an Apprenticeship. Roczniki Filozoficzne 29 (4):58.
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  27. 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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  28. Robin Attfield (1991). Making Decisions. Philosophy Now 1:5-8.
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  29. Catherine Audard (1993). Le Respect de l'Estime À la Déférence : Une Question de Limite.
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  30. Ideal Of Autonomy (2007). Linda Zagzebski. Episteme 7:253.
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  31. Martin Avanzini (2010). POP* and Semantic Labeling Using SAT. In T. Icard & R. Muskens (eds.), Interfaces: Explorations in Logic, Language and Computation. Springer Berlin 155--166.
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  32. Guy Axtell, Thinking Twice About Virtue and Vice.
    This chapter provides an empirical defense of credit theories of knowing against Alfano’s the-ses of inferential cognitive situationism and of epistemic situationism. It also develops a Nar-row-Broad Spectrum of agency-ascriptions in reply to Olin and Doris’ ‘trade-off problem.’ In order to support the claim that credit theories can treat many cases of success through heuristic cognitive strategies as credit-conferring, the paper develops the compatibility between VE and dual-process theories (DPT) in cognitive psychology. A genuine convergence between VE and DPT is (...)
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  33. B. (1977). The Dignity of Life: Moral Values in a Changing Society. [REVIEW] Review of Metaphysics 31 (1):122-123.
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  34. Murat Baç (2007). Causal Determinants, Reasons, and Substantive Autonomy: A Critical Approach to Agency. Problemos 72:135-144.
    Although the notion of agency presents itself as an attractive solution to the puzzle of free will, itfaces a problem vis-à-vis the nature of reasons that are purported to lie behind actions. In this paper,I first point out the significance of a paradigm shift that emerges with the agency view. Then I arguethat the agency theories nonetheless fail in general to give a satisfactory account of various sorts ofreasons underlying our actions and choices. In trying to enlighten the multi-faceted nature (...)
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  35. Archie J. Bahm (1965). Some Principles for Choosing. Philosophy Today 9 (1):52.
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  36. Herschel Clay Baker (1947). The Dignity of Man. Cambridge, Harvard University Press.
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  37. Elsie L. Bandman (1978). Bioethics and Human Rights a Reader for Health Professionals. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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  38. M. Bankovsky (2014). The Future of Critical Theory Between Reason and Power: Reply to Amy Allen. Thesis Eleven 120 (1):26-42.
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  39. Anne Baril (2013). Review of Epistemic Authority: A Theory of Trust, Authority, and Autonomy in Belief, by Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
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  40. P. Barisic (1998). Freedom in the Light of Reason. Synthesis Philosophica 13:521-546.
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  41. Donald Barr (2006). Reinvesting in the Doctor-Patient Relationship in the Coming Era of Scarcity. American Journal of Bioethics 6 (1):33 – 34.
  42. Alfred Barry (1899). Is It Nothing to You? A Plea for Support of the Church Temperance Society.
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  43. Hindess Barry (2005). Book Review: Freedom and its Conditions: Discipline, Autonomy, and Resistance. [REVIEW] Political Theory 33 (5).
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  44. N. Basch, H. Charlesworth, C. Chinkin, A. Diduck, F. Kaganas, B. Fawcett, S. Lamb, A. McColgan & S. Rahman-Khan (2001). Alldridge, P. And Brants, C.(Eds), Personal Autonomy, The Private Sphere and Criminal Law: A Comparative Study (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2001). Andrews, LB, Future Perfect (New York Chichester: Columbia University Press, 2000). [REVIEW] Feminist Legal Studies 9:273-274.
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  45. Gregory Bateson (1975). Some Components of Socialization for Trance. Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology 3 (2):143-155.
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  46. Zygmunt Bauman (2003). Childhood of Human Dignity. Dialogue and Universalism 13 (6):93-104.
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  47. Holger Baumann, Emotion-Oriented Systems and the Autonomy of Persons.
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  48. Peter Baumann (2000). Die Autonomie der Person. Mentis.
    This book offers a discussion of practical as well as theoretical autonomy.
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  49. Christine Baumbach & Peter Kunzmann (eds.) (2010). Würde – Dignité – Godność – Dignity. Die Menschenwürde Im Internationalen Vergleich. Herbert Utz Verlag.
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  50. Andrea T. Baumeister (2000). Liberalism and the 'Politics of Difference'. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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