Liberation From Self: A Theory of Personal Autonomy

Cambridge University Press (1995)
This is the most detailed, sophisticated and comprehensive treatment of autonomy currently available. Moreover it argues for a quite different conception of autonomy from that found in the philosophical literature. Professor Berofsky claims that the idea of autonomy originating in the self is a seductive but ultimately illusory one. The only serious way of approaching the subject is to pay due attention to psychology, and to view autonomy as the liberation from the disabling effects of physiological and psychological afflictions. A sustained critique of concepts such as moral autonomy, self-realisation, ideal autonomy, and identification is offered. The author replaces these with an alternative model that reveals how spontaneity, vitality and competence enable human beings to act in the real world.
Keywords Self   Free will and determinism
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Call number BD450.B438 1995
ISBN(s) 0521480450   0521041333   9780521480451   9780521041331     0521480450 (hardback)
DOI 10.2307/2653748
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