The Metaphysics of Autonomy: The Reconciliation of Ancient and Modern Ideals of the Person

Palgrave Macmillan (2004)
If we want to be autonomous, what do we want? The author shows that contemporary value-neutral and metaphysically economical conceptions of autonomy, such as that of Harry Frankfurt, face a serious problem. Drawing on Plato, Augustine, and Kant, this book provides a sketch of how "ancient" and "modern" can be reconciled to solve it. But at what expense? It turns out that the dominant modern ideal of autonomy cannot do without a costly metaphysics if it is to be coherent.
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Call number B105.A84.C64 2004
ISBN(s) 1403939381
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