Noûs 49 (4):729-747 (2015)

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Suzy Killmister
Monash University
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Theories of autonomy commonly make reference to some form of endorsement: an action is autonomous insofar as the agent has a second-order desire towards the motivating desire, or takes it to be a reason for action, or is not alienated from it. In this paper I argue that all such theories have difficulty accounting for certain kinds of agents, what I call ‘Woody Allen cases’. In order to make sense of such cases, I suggest, it is necessary to disambiguate two distinct forms of endorsement, both of which contribute to autonomy.
Keywords autonomy  alienation  second-order desires  reasons for action  practical reason
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DOI 10.1111/nous.12069
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