In Defense of the Platonic Model: A Reply to Buss

Ethics 124 (2):342-357 (2014)
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Abstract

Sarah Buss has recently argued that endorsement theories of autonomy face three problems: they conflate autonomous agency with agency simpliciter, they face a vicious regress, and they get the extension of autonomous actions wrong. I argue that one such theory, Gary Watson’s Platonic Model, is not subject to any of these problems. I conclude that Buss has not given us reason to reject the Platonic Model and that it may be compatible with her own theory of accountability

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Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin
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