Rethinking Relational Autonomy

Hypatia 24 (4):26-49 (2009)
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Andrea Westlund
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
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John Christman has argued that constitutively relational accounts of autonomy, as defended by some feminist theorists, are problematically perfectionist about the human good. I argue that autonomy is constitutively relational, but not in a way that implies perfectionism: autonomy depends on a dialogical disposition to hold oneself answerable to external, critical perspectives on one's action-guiding commitments. This type of relationality carries no substantive value commitments, yet it does answer to core feminist concerns about autonomy
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DOI 10.1111/j.1527-2001.2009.01056.x
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