Eudaimonist Autonomy

American Philosophical Quarterly 42 (3):171 - 183 (2005)
Abstract
Kant claims that autonomy is possible only if the law that determines the will disregards any incentive grounded in the natural world. Here I develop and defend an alternative notion of autonomy, drawn from the ancient eudaimonists, on which practical reason is grounded in our interest in living well. This allows eudaimonism a conception of the autonomy of the will in which (like Kant’s) the will is the source of its own laws, but in which (unlike Kant’s) it has an object that is thoroughly situated in the empirical world.
Keywords Autonomy  Kant  Aristotle  Freedom  Practical reason
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