David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
In Sue Campbell, Letitia Meynell & Susan Sherwin (eds.), Embodiment and Agency. Pennsylvania State University Press (2009)
My aim is to show that the development of self-defense skills functions as a means of overcoming bodily encoded limits to autonomy. Through this discussion, I hope to broaden our understanding of the embodied nature of autonomy by illuminating the connection between bodily training and responses such as self-confidence, self-trust, and self-esteem. My paper aims toward these goals in two steps. First, it shows that self-defense training is valuable for women because it provides a security that one can avoid or counter personal violence directed toward oneself. Second, I develop an account of self-defense training as a source of self-confidence. For women living within a social network working to undermine their self-trust and self- esteem, it is important to cultivate self-confidence, particularly since elements of that network involve threatening displays of aggression or superiority. Self- defense training in my account is not simply a route to recovery in the wake of personal violence. Instead, and primarily, it is the development of skills aimed at preventing personal violence.
|Keywords||self-defence self-defense embodiement agency autonomy violence violence against women self-confidence self-trust self-esteem|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Whitley R. P. Kaufman (2009). The Paradox of Self-Defense: Saving Oneself by Harming Another. Lexington Books.
Meda Chesney-Lind (1999). Contextualizing Women's Violence and Aggression: Beyond Denial and Demonization. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22 (2):222-223.
Boudewijn de Bruin (2008). Media Violence and Freedom of Speech: How to Use Empirical Data. [REVIEW] Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 11 (5):493-505.
Marilyn Friedman (1996). Women's Autonomy and Feminist Aspirations. Journal of Philosophical Research 21:331-340.
Sylvia Burrow (2012). Reproductive Autonomy and Reproductive Technology. Techne 16 (1):31-45.
Trudy Govier (1993). Self-Trust, Autonomy, and Self-Esteem. Hypatia 8 (1):99 - 120.
Ranjoo Seodu Herr (2010). Agency Without Autonomy: Valuational Agency. Journal of Global Ethics 6 (3):239-254.
Ann J. Cahill (2011). In Defense of Self-Defense. Philosophical Papers 38 (3):363-380.
Added to index2009-09-15
Total downloads29 ( #66,093 of 1,168,031 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #140,420 of 1,168,031 )
How can I increase my downloads?