|Abstract||The value and importance accorded to personal autonomy within liberalism would seem to suggest that cultural practices that severely constrain the choices of individuals through heavyhanded role socialization and restriction ought to be strongly discouraged in liberal societies. In this paper, I explore this claim in connection with the custom of arranged marriage, which has recently come under fire in some liberal democratic states, notably Britain. My aim is to try to complicate the liberal understanding of the relationship between cultural traditions and personal autonomy. In the course of this discussion, I analyze and offer some criticisms of autonomy as a substantive ideal and requirement for flourishing. In revisiting and evaluating arguments in favor of a thick or substantive ideal of autonomy criticisms, I hope to show that a substantive ideal of autonomy as independence is culturally bounded in ways that are often overlooked by liberal philosophers|
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Ishtiyaque Haji & Stefaan E. Cuypers (2008). Authenticity-Sensitive Preferentism and Educating for Well-Being and Autonomy. Journal of Philosophy of Education 42 (1):85-106.
Bryan R. Warnick (2012). Rethinking Education for Autonomy in Pluralistic Societies. Educational Theory 62 (4):411-426.
Lucas Swaine (2010). Heteronomous Citizenship: Civic Virtue and the Chains of Autonomy. Educational Philosophy and Theory 42 (1):73-93.
Marina Oshana (2003). How Much Should We Value Autonomy? Social Philosophy and Policy 20 (2):99-126.
Steven Wall (1998). Liberalism, Perfectionism and Restraint. Cambridge University Press.
Sheila McLean (2010). Autonomy, Consent and the Law. Routledge-Cavendish.
James Stacey Taylor (ed.) (2008). Personal Autonomy: New Essays on Personal Autonomy and its Role in Contemporary Moral Philosophy. Cambridge Univ Pr.
George Crowder (2007). Two Concepts of Liberal Pluralism. Political Theory 35 (2):121 - 146.
Alfred R. Mele (2005). Agnostic Autonomism Revisited. In J. Stacey Taylor (ed.), Personal Autonomy: New Essays on Personal Autonomy and Its Role in Contemporary Moral Philosophy. Cambridge University Press.
Frederick Neuhouser (2011). Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Origins of Autonomy. Inquiry 54 (5):478 - 493.
Joseph Chan (2002). Moral Autonomy, Civil Liberties, and Confucianism. Philosophy East and West 52 (3):281-310.
Added to index2011-12-02
Total downloads9 ( #114,014 of 549,064 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #63,185 of 549,064 )
How can I increase my downloads?