Edited by Andrew Jason Cohen (Georgia State University, Georgetown University)
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Summary Autonomy is one of the most often discussed topics in modern and contemporary philosophy.  It is key to some moral theories, some political philosophies, and, of course, central to understanding the nature of personhood.  Unsurprisingly, then, there are significant disagreements about the nature of autonomy.  There are thinner and thicker understandings of autonomy throughout the literature.  There are moral and political demands that autonomy be protected or promoted.  Its use as a central value in applied ethics is standard.  Generally speaking, then, there are disagreements about what autonomy is and how and why it matters in moral theory and political philosophy.
Key works It is difficult to say what would count as a "key work" here.  Historically, Kant is likely the most important author to consider.  His deontological moral theory rests on a particularly thick conception of autonomy. For a detailed historical overview of autonomy in modern philosophy, it may be best to start with J.B. Schneewind's 1998 The Invention of Autonomy.
Introductions Perhaps the best place to start considering the nature of autonomy is Stephen Darwall's 2006. See also John Christman's SEP entry.
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  1. Introduction: Castoriadis, Genealogy, History.H. & - 2012 - Cosmos and History 8 (2):1-2.
    Editorial introduction to the special issue on the work of Castoriadis.
  2. The Pursuit of Ideals.S. C. A. - 1974 - Review of Metaphysics 28 (1):127-127.
  3. Sobre o problema da autonomia da arte e suas implicações hermenêuticas e ontológicas.Sandra Abdo - 2005 - Kriterion: Journal of Philosophy 46 (112):357-366.
  4. In Search of Human Duties Via the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.Wickramanayake Abeysinghe - 2000 - S. Godage & Brothers.
  5. Willensfreiheit und Person in neurowissenschaftlicher und theologischer Perspektive.Wolfgang Achtner - 2011 - Neue Zeitschrift für Systematicsche Theologie Und Religionsphilosophie 53 (2):137-154.
    ZUSAMMENFASSUNGEs werden aus der Theologiegeschichte vier Typen von Willensfreiheit erhoben: der Typus liberum arbitrium , der Typus des nominalistischen Willensbegriffs , der Typus des mystischen Willensbegriffs und der Typus der Rechtfertigungslehre. Die ersten drei Typen werden psychologisch interpretiert im Sinne der Ichentwicklung als präautonom, autonom und transautonom. Nach der Darstellung und Diskussion der gegenwärtigen neurowissenschaftlichen Debatte um die Willensfreiheit wird ein systemisch verstandener Personbegriff als Brückenkonzept vorgeschlagen.SUMMARYFour types of free will are identified from the history of theology: The type of (...)
  6. The Unfortunate Domination of Social Theories by `Social Theory'.P. Acourt - 1987 - Theory, Culture and Society 4 (4):659-689.
  7. Emerging Social Norms in the UK and Japan on Privacy and Revelation in SNS.Andrew A. Adams, Kiyoshi Murata, Yohko Orito & Pat Parslow - 2011 - International Review of Information Ethics 16:12.
    Semi-structured interviews with university students in the UK and Japan, undertaken in 2009 and 2010, are analysed with respect to the revealed attitudes to privacy, self-revelation and revelation by/of others on SNS.
  8. Compulsory Contraception and the Prevention of Harm: A Provisional Critique.Harry Adams - 2008 - Public Affairs Quarterly 22 (4):311-333.
  9. Towards a Post-Phenomenology of Life: Castoriadis' Naturphilosophie.Suzi Adams - 2008 - Cosmos and History 4 (1-2):387-400.
    The present paper situates Castoriadis’ later philosophy of nature as part of wider debates on the problematic of ‘life’ within post-Merleau-Pontian currents. Through hermeneutical reconstruction, it argues that ‘life’, as understood by Castoriadis, points to auto-poietic modes of being. Castoriadis’ interpretation of auto-poiesis is specific: self-moving and self-creating modes of being in the radical sense of ontological creation of form. The paper contends that Castoriadis’ contribution to these debates is twofold. First, ‘life’ in the broad sense is extended to all (...)
  10. Castoriadis' Shift Towards Physis.Suzi Adams - 2003 - Thesis Eleven 74 (1):105-112.
    The ontological turn in Castoriadis' thought is exemplified in The Imaginary Institution of Society (IIS). Castoriadis did not stop there, however, but was drawn to enquire into more general ontological questions. In turn, this line of questioning made its presence felt significantly in Castoriadis' intellectual trajectory, such that, as I argue in this article, we can speak of a shift from a regional ontology of the social-historical (as developed in the IIS) to a later transregional ontology of physis as creative (...)
  11. The Calling - “Can I Tell You Something Personal?”.Jane Adan - 1999 - Angelaki 4 (3):205-217.
  12. Legal Decision-Making Proceedings in Underdeveloped Countries.JoÅo [ieJoão] Mauricio Adeodato - 1993 - In K. B. Agrawal & R. K. Raizada (eds.), Sociological Jurisprudence and Legal Philosophy: Random Thoughts On. University Book House.
  13. The Freedom of Ethical Fellowship.Felix Adler - 1890 - International Journal of Ethics 1 (1):16-30.
  14. The Freedom of Ethical Fellowship.Felix Adler - 1890 - Ethics 1 (1):16.
  15. The Freedom of Ethical Fellowship.Felix Adler - 1890 - International Journal of Ethics 1 (1):16-30.
  16. Marcus Düwell, Jens Braarvig, Roger Brownsword, and Dietmar Mieth, Eds., The Cambridge Handbook of Human Dignity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Reviewed By.Peter Admirand - 2015 - Philosophy in Review 35 (3):133-136.
  17. The Developing Child Sense and Nonsense in Education.Willi Aeppli - 2001
  18. What is the Nature of Authority in the Church?Meneo A. Afonso - 1996 - Upa.
    This work seeks to understand the dominant socio-political view of Church authority in the context of history, and to articulate a vision of non-political authority in the Church drawn from spiritual anthropology rather than from political theories.
  19. Eugenesia Liberal.Nicholas Agar - 2012 - Signos Filosóficos 14 (28):145-170.
    El artículo ofrece una interpretación de la controversial y aparentemente inaceptable caracterización de la poesía desarrollada por Platón en la República. Los objetivos principales de la discusión son: aclarar las motivaciones de dicha caracterización, desentrañar los múltiples y discontinuos argumentos que la componen, y evaluar críticamente sus aciertos y sus límites. Se concluye que no todas las posturas que adopta Platón frente a la poesía son insostenibles, y que cuando sí lo son las razones para ello resultan particularmente esclarecedoras. The (...)
  20. Consciousness and the Integrated Being: Sartre and Krishnamurti.M. M. Agrawal - 1991 - Indian Institute of Advanced Study and National Pub. House, New Delhi.
  21. Conflict Between Paternalism and Autonomy.Sayani Ah - 2015 - Journal of Clinical Research and Bioethics 6 (6).
  22. Adrift in a Sea of Rights: A Report Prepared for the New Zealand Education Development Foundation.Rex J. Ahdar - 2001 - New Zealand Education Development Foundation.
  23. Nietzsche's Dialectic of Freedom.Rolf Ahlers - 1984 - Pakistan Philosophical Journal 22:43-67.
  24. Education for Democratic Citizenship and Peace: Proposal for a Cosmopolitan Model.Iftikhar Ahmad & Michelle Y. Szpara - forthcoming - Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association.
  25. ""A Discussion of" Human Dignity"(1957).Zuo Ai - 2001 - In Stephen C. Angle & Marina Svensson (eds.), Chinese Human Rights Reader. M. E. Sharpe. pp. 222.
  26. Ethics of Coercion and Authority: A Philosophical Study of Social Life.Timo Airaksinen - 1989 - University of Pittsburgh Press.
  27. Female Genital Mutilation: A Capabilities Approach.Roksana Alavi - unknown
  28. Body Techniques of Vulnerability: The Generational Order and the Body in Child Protection Services.Lars Alberth - 2013 - Human Studies 36 (1):67-88.
    The paper seeks to analyze children’s bodily vulnerability as grounded in generational order. The thesis is put forward, that the generational order is embodied via body techniques of vulnerability, deployed both by adults and children. In presenting results from research on professional responses to child maltreatment and neglect, three sets of age related body techniques of vulnerability are identified, concerning caregivers, professionals and the children itself.
  29. Social Support During Delivery in Rural Central Ghana: A Mixed Methods Study of Women's Preferences for and Against Inclusion of a Lay Companion in the Delivery Room.Amir Alexander, Aesha Mustafa, Sarah A. V. Emil, Ebenezer Amekah, Cyril Engmann, Richard Adanu & Cheryl A. Moyer - 2014 - Journal of Biosocial Science 46 (5):669-685.
  30. Ustavna Prava I Proporcionalnost.Robert Alexy - 2014 - Revus 22:35-50.
    Dva su osnovna shvatanja odnosa između ustavnih prava i analize proporcionalnosti. Prvo drži da postoji nužna veza između ustavnih prava i proporcionalnosti; drugo tvrdi da pitanje o tome da li su ustavna prava i proporcionalnost povezani zavisi od toga šta su ustavotvorci zapravo odlučili, tj. zavisi od pozitivnog prava. Prva teza se može označiti kao “teza o nužnosti”, druga se može označiti kao “teza o kontingentnosti.” Prema tezi o nužnosti, legitimnost proporcionalnosti je pitanje prirode ustavnih prava, dok je prema tezi (...)
  31. The Struggle for Identity in Today's Schools: Cultural Recognition in a Time of Increasing Diversity.Betty Alford, Julia Ballenger, Angela Crespo Cozart, Sandy Harris, Ray Horn, Patrick M. Jenlink, John Leonard, Vincent Mumford, Amanda Rudolph, Kris Sloan, Sandra Stewart, Faye Hicks Townes & Kim Woo - 2009 - R&L Education.
    This book examines cultural recognition and the struggle for identity in America's schools. In particular, the contributing authors focus on the recognition and misrecognition as antagonistic cultural forces that work to shape, and at times distort identity.
  32. ‘Attempted Murder of the Soul’: Blackmail, Privacy and Secrets.Peter Alldridge - 1993 - Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 13 (3):368-387.
  33. Subjugation and Bondage: Critical Essays on Slavery and Social Philosophy.Anita Allen, Bernard Boxill, Joshua Cohen, R. M. Hare, Bill Lawson, Tommy Lott, Howard McGary, Julius Moravcsik, Laurence Thomas, William Uzgalis, Julie Ward, Bernard Williams & Cynthia Willett (eds.) - 1998 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    This volume addresses a wide variety of moral concerns regarding slavery as an institutionalized social practice. By considering the slave's critical appropriation of the natural rights doctrine, the ambiguous implications of various notions of consent and liberty are examined. The authors assume that, although slavery is undoubtedly an evil social practice, its moral assessment stands in need of a more nuanced treatment. They address the question of what is wrong with slavery by critically examining, and in some cases endorsing, certain (...)
  34. The Child. A Study in the Evolution of Man.Arthur Allin - 1901 - Psychological Review 8 (6):642-643.
  35. Health, Happiness and Health Promotion.Peter Allmark - 2005 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 22 (1):1–15.
    This article claims that health promotion is best practised in the light of an Aristotelian conception of the good life for humans and of the place of health within it.
  36. The Decision to Have Reconstructive Surgery.Margaret Allott - 2002 - In K. W. M. Fulford, Donna Dickenson & Thomas H. Murray (eds.), Healthcare Ethics and Human Values: An Introductory Text with Readings and Case Studies. Blackwell. pp. 349.
  37. Philosophy and the Cult of Irrationalism.Brenda Almond - 1992 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 33:201-217.
    Philosophy, as I conceive it, is a journey and a quest. Conducted individually, it is nevertheless a collective attempt on the part of human beings from differing cultures and times to make sense of the arbitrary contingency of human existence, to find meaning in life. So understood, the impulse to philosophise needs no explanation or apology. It belongs to us all, and it exerts its own categorical imperative. Here I may quote the words of a wise woman, an invented contributor (...)
  38. Difference, Identity, and" Otherness" in a Multicultural World.Kal Alston - 1995 - In Wendy Kohli (ed.), Critical Conversations in Philosophy of Education. Routledge. pp. 278.
  39. Think Donald Moon Overestimates the Dangers of “Unconstrained Conversation,” Especially for Individual Privacy Rights, He Points to the Difficult Question Concerning the Kinds of Institutional Design That Are Appropriate to Help Ensure That the Deliberations Conducted in an “Unconstrained Conversation” Influence the Process of Decision Making. Should There, for Example, Be a System of Public Voting? See “Constrained Discourse and Public Life,”.I. Although - 1991 - Political Theory 19:202-229.
  40. La Autonomía Personal y la Perspectiva Comunitarista.Silvina Álvarez - 1999 - Isegoría 21:69-99.
    El presente artículo analiza el planteamiento que algunos autores comunitaristas han hecho de la noción de autonomía personal. En primer lugar centraré la atención en la formulación kantiana de la autonomía y en las posteriores reformulaciones que se han hecho de la propuesta original. En la segunda parte expondré algunos aspectos generales de la teoría comunitarista para luego desarrollar la propuesta de Charles Taylor, específicamente la ética de la autenticidad. En el análisis se destacan los problemas que surgen de entender (...)
  41. On Being Neither Post- Nor Anti-Kantian: A Reply to Breazeale and Larmore ConcerningThe Fate of Autonomy.Karl Ameriks - 2003 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 46 (2):272-292.
  42. Történelem És Alternatívák a Cselekvés Válaszútjai.Éva Ancsel - 1978
  43. Pointing Discussions of Interpretation Towards Dialectics: Some Comments on Michael Vertin’s Paper “Is There a Constitutional Right of Privacy?”.Bruce Anderson - 2000 - Method 18 (1):49-66.
  44. Soberanía Del Consumidor Vs. Soberanía de Los Ciudadanos: Algunos Errores En la Economía Clásica Del Bienestar.Elizabeth S. Anderson - 1998 - Isegoría 18:19-46.
    En este trabajo se plantea que la soberanía del consumidor descansa sobre un conjunto de confusiones conceptuales, de presupuestos empíricamente falsos y de afirmaciones normativamente dudosas. La sección 1 muestra cómo estas confusiones conceptuales enmascaran una ambigüedad fundamental en el principio de la soberanía del consumidor, entre la promoción del bienestar y la autonomía. Sostengo que los mejores argumentos a favor de la soberanía del consumidor favorecen la interpretación de la autonomía. La sección 2 muestra cómo la concepción individualista de (...)
  45. Discipline and Punishment in Light of Autism.Jami L. Anderson - 2014 - In Selina Doran & Laura Botell (eds.), Reframing Punishment: Making Visible Bodies, Silence and De-humanisation.
    If one can judge a society by how it treats its prisoners, one can surely judge a society by how it treats cognitively- and learning-impaired children. In the United States children with physical and cognitive impairments are subjected to higher rates of corporal punishment than are non-disabled children. Children with disabilities make up just over 13% of the student population in the U.S. yet make up over 18% of those children who receive corporal punishment. Autistic children are among the most (...)
  46. Religion & Spirituality in the Public School Curriculum.Ronald D. Anderson - 2004
  47. Of Theories of Coercion, Two Axes, and the Importance of the Coercer.Scott Anderson - 2008 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 5 (3):394-422.
    Recent accounts of coercion can be mapped onto two different axes: whether they focus on the situation of the coercee or the activities of the coercer; and whether or not they depend upon moral judgments in their analysis of coercion. Using this analysis, I suggest that almost no recent theories have seriously explored a non-moralized, coercer-focused approach to coercion. I offer some reasons to think that a theory in this underexplored quadrant offers some important advantages over theories confined to the (...)
  48. Coercion as Enforcement.Scott A. Anderson - unknown
    This essay provides a positive account of coercion that avoids significant difficulties that have confronted most other recent accounts. It enters this territory by noting a dispute over whether coercion has to manipulate the will of the coercee, or whether direct force inhibiting action (such as manhandling or imprisoning) is itself coercive. Though this dispute may at first seem a mere matter of taxonomic categorization, I argue that this dispute reflects an important divergence in thought about the nature of coercion. (...)
  49. The Enforcement Approach to Coercion.Scott A. Anderson - 2010 - Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 5 (1):1-31.
    This essay differentiates two approaches to understanding the concept of coercion, and argues for the relative merits of the one currently out of fashion. The approach currently dominant in the philosophical literature treats threats as essential to coercion, and understands coercion in terms of the way threats alter the costs and benefits of an agent’s actions; I call this the “pressure” approach. It has largely superseded the “enforcement approach,” which focuses on the powers and actions of the coercer rather than (...)
  50. Pericles and the Socialization of Econmics.Tadit Anderson - 2014 - Re-Imagining Economics Website.
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