The misguided marriage of responsibility and autonomy

Journal of Ethics 6 (3):261-280 (2002)
Abstract
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)
Reprint years 2004
DOI 10.1023/A:1019482607923
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 28,182
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Autonomy and Organ Sales, Revisited.J. S. Taylor - 2009 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 34 (6):632-648.
Autonomy Under Threat: A Revised Frankfurtian Account.Thomas Nys - 2009 - Philosophical Explorations 12 (1):3 – 17.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
What's So Bad About Self-Sacrifice?Kalynne Hackney Pudner - 2007 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 81:241-250.
Extended Cognition, Personal Responsibility, and Relational Autonomy.Mason Cash - 2010 - Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 9 (4):645-671.
Responsibility and False Beliefs.Peter Vallentyne - 2011 - In Carl Knight & Zofia Stemploska (eds.), Justice and Responsibility. Oxford University Press.
Brute Luck and Responsibility.Peter Vallentyne - 2008 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 7 (1):57-80.

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2009-01-28

Total downloads

75 ( #70,293 of 2,172,054 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

5 ( #56,430 of 2,172,054 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums