Freedom and dependency in an environmental age

Social Philosophy and Policy 26 (2):151-172 (2009)
Abstract
In this article the implications of our nature as both autonomous and heteronomous beings is discussed. It is suggested that our condition as part-dependent creatures calls for a reconsideration of the nature of both freedom and liberalism, and the work of Alasdair MacIntyre and Jean-Paul Sartre is used to illustrate the natural and historical dimensions of our dependency. The conclusion reached is that neither deep ecological re-enchantment nor full-blooded cornucopianism are possible, and that we need to take our nature as semi-dependent creatures seriously as we seek ways of negotiating our way through our environmental problems
Keywords freedom   dependency   autonomy   heteronomy   Kant   MacIntyre   Sartre   dialectic   liberalism
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