David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Ethics 6 (3):261-280 (2002)
Much of the literature devoted to the topics of agent autonomy and agent responsibility suggests strong conceptual overlaps between the two, although few explore these overlaps explicitly. Beliefs of this sort are commonplace, but they mistakenly conflate the global state of being autonomous with the local condition of acting autonomously or exhibiting autonomy in respect to some act or decision. Because the latter, local phenomenon of autonomy seems closely tied to the condition of being responsible for an act, we tend to think of the former, global phenomenon as a condition of responsibility as well. But one can act autonomously, or manifest autonomy with respect to some occurrent state, without satisfying the conditions for autonomous agency. Autonomous agency and responsible agency are logically distinct in part due to the varient conceptions of rationality each calls for. Both agent responsibility and holding a person responsible imply a fairly ``thick'''' form of rationality, where rationality embodies a normative component and is a matter of satisfying criteria that are objective in the sense that they are independent of what a person happens to want or to value. But autonomous agency calls for a quite different, ``thin'''' conception of instrumental rationality.
|Keywords||agency autonomy morality rationality reasonableness responsibility|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Jukka Varelius (2009). Is Whistle-Blowing Compatible with Employee Loyalty? Journal of Business Ethics 85 (2):263 - 275.
Thomas Nys (2009). Autonomy Under Threat: A Revised Frankfurtian Account. Philosophical Explorations 12 (1):3 – 17.
J. S. Taylor (2009). Autonomy and Organ Sales, Revisited. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 34 (6):632-648.
Paul C. Snelling (2012). Saying Something Interesting About Responsibility for Health. Nursing Philosophy 13 (3):161-178.
Similar books and articles
Candace Cummins Gauthier (2000). Moral Responsibility and Respect for Autonomy: Meeting the Communitarian Challenge. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 10 (4):337-352.
Kalynne Hackney Pudner (2007). What's So Bad About Self-Sacrifice? Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 81:241-250.
Laurence Thomas (1983). Rationality and Moral Autonomy: An Essay in Moral Psychology. Synthese 57 (2):249 - 266.
Mason Cash (2010). Extended Cognition, Personal Responsibility, and Relational Autonomy. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 9 (4):645-671.
Peter Vallentyne (2011). Responsibility and False Beliefs. In Carl Knight & Zofia Stemploska (eds.), Justice and Responsibility. Oxford University Press.
Alfred R. Mele (1995). Autonomous Agents: From Self-Control to Autonomy. Oxford University Press.
Peter Vallentyne (2008). Brute Luck and Responsibility. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 7 (1):57-80.
Catriona Mackenzie & Natalie Stoljar (eds.) (2000). Relational Autonomy: Feminist Perspectives on Automony, Agency, and the Social Self. Oxford University Press.
Jules Holroyd (2009). Relational Autonomy and Paternalistic Interventions. Res Publica 15 (4):321-336.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads47 ( #29,467 of 1,088,781 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #69,666 of 1,088,781 )
How can I increase my downloads?