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  1. Rethinking Relational Autonomy.Andrea C. Westlund - 2009 - Hypatia 24 (4):26-49.
    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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  2. Selflessness and responsibility for self: Is deference compatible with autonomy?Andrea C. Westlund - 2003 - Philosophical Review 112 (4):483-523.
    She was intensely sympathetic. She was immensely charming. She excelled in the difficult arts of family life. She sacrificed herself daily. If there was chicken, she took the leg, if there was a draught, she sat in it—in short, she was so constituted that she never had a mind or wish of her own, but preferred to sympathise always with the minds and wishes of others. — Virginia Woolf (1979, 59).
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  3. Answerability Without Blame?Andrea C. Westlund - 2018 - In Marina Oshana, Katrina Hutchison & Catriona Mackenzie (eds.), Social Dimensions of Moral Responsibility. New York: Oup Usa.
    Though widely derided by popular psychologists and self-help writers as an emotionally toxic and destructive response, blame has many defenders among contemporary moral philosophers. Blaming wrongdoers has been thought to express deep commitment to moral values and norms, to be intimately bound up with practices of holding others responsible, and to be an important exercise of moral agency. In this paper I push against the grain of such defenses of blame just enough to articulate what seems right in the more (...)
     
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  4. Relational Autonomy and Practical Authority.Andrea Westlund - 2018 - In Pieranna Garavaso (ed.), The Bloomsbury Companion to Analytic Feminism.
    Autonomy, at least in one sense of the term, requires sovereign authority over one’s choices and actions. In this paper, I argue that such authority is relational in at least two respects. First, I argue that sovereign authority may be shared – and, indeed, must be shareable – with others through the exercise of normative powers. Second, I argue that normative powers are themselves relational powers, powers that depend in part on the recognition of agents as having an equal basic (...)
     
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  5. Deciding Together.Andrea C. Westlund - 2009 - Philosophers' Imprint 9.
    In this paper I develop a conception of joint practical deliberation as a special type of shared cooperative activity, through which co-deliberators jointly accept reasons as applying to them as a pair or group. I argue, moreover, that the aspiration to deliberative “pairhood” is distinguished by a special concern for mutuality that guides each deliberator’s readiness to accept a given consideration as a reason-for-us. It matters to each of us, as joint deliberators, that each party’s (individual) reasons for accepting something (...)
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  6. Anger, Faith, and Forgiveness.Andrea C. Westlund - 2009 - The Monist 92 (4):507-536.
    Right after our tragedy, my idea of forgiveness was to be free of this thing, – the anger, the pain, the absorption. It was totally personal. It was a survival tactic to leave this experience behind. It had nothing to do with the offender. The second level was realizing how the word forgiveness applies to the relationship between the victim and the offender. How it means accepting and working on that relationship after a murder. The latter is more complicated. Now (...)
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    Trust, Mistrust, and Autonomy.Edward Hinchman & Andrea Westlund - 2023 - In Mark Alfano & David Collins (eds.), The Moral Psychology of Trust. Lexington Books. pp. 105-121.
    Is autonomy – governing yourself – compatible with letting yourself be governed by trust? This paper argues that autonomy is not only compatible with appropriate trust but actually requires it. Autonomy requires appropriate trust because it is undermined by inappropriate mistrust. An autonomous agent treats herself as answerable for her action-guiding commitments, where answerability requires openness to the rational influence of external, critical perspectives on those commitments. This openness to correction makes one vulnerable to manipulation and can be exploited in (...)
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  8. Deference as a normative power.Andrea C. Westlund - 2013 - Philosophical Studies 166 (3):455-474.
    Much of the literature on practical authority concerns the authority of the state over its subjects—authority to which we are, as G. E. M. Anscombe says, subject “willy nilly”. Yet many of our “willy” (or voluntary) relationships also seem to involve the exercise of practical authority, and this species of authority is in some ways even more puzzling than authority willy nilly. In this paper I argue that voluntary authority relies on a form of voluntary obligation that is akin (in (...)
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  9. Untold Sorrow.Andrea Westlund - 2017 - In Anna Gotlib (ed.), The Moral Psychology of Sadness. Rowman & Littlefield International.
    The phrase “untold sorrow” evokes a sorrow that is both unnarrated (perhaps unnarratable) and of an incalculably large or unfathomable magnitude. It gestures toward experiences of loss that lie beyond the limits of ordinary comprehension. Yet there is a sense in which all loss confounds ordinary ways of relating to objects of care. In this paper I explore connections between loss, meaningfulness, and the narratability (or unnarratability) of sorrow. The point of narrating of loss is not necessarily to render the (...)
     
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  10. Autonomy and Self-Care.Andrea Westlund - 2014 - In Mark Piper & Andrea Veltman (eds.), Autonomy, Oppression, and Gender. New York, NY, USA:
    Recent feminist accounts of autonomy have focused both on autonomous agents’ relationships to others and on their self-regarding attitudes or self-relations. This chapter focuses on the attitude of practical self-care, arguing that autonomous agents must care about themselves in a sense that amounts to caring about their practical reasons. While self-care is primarily a self-relation, it also implies a form of interpersonal relationality. Caring about one’s reasons requires caring about intersubjective assessments thereof, and the relation of self-care thus implies openness (...)
     
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  11. Autonomy, Authority, and Answerability.Andrea C. Westlund - 2011 - Jurisprudence 2 (1):161-179.
    Autonomy seems to require that we engage in practical deliberation and come to our own decisions regarding how we will act. Deference to authority, by contrast, seems to require that we suspend deliberation and do what the authority commands precisely because he or she commands it. How, then, could autonomy be compatible with deference to authority? In his critique of Razian instrumentalism, Stephen Darwall lays the groundwork for a distinctively contractualist answer to this question: the normative force of an authoritative (...)
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  12. The Reunion of Marriage.Andrea C. Westlund - 2008 - The Monist 91 (3-4):558-577.
  13. Narrative Necessity and the Fixity of Meaning in a Life.Andrea Westlund - 2011 - Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 2 (21):391-398.
     
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  14. Pre-Modern and Modern Power: Foucault and the Case of Domestic Violence.Andrea Westlund - 1999 - Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 4 (24).
  15. Autonomy in Relation.Andrea Westlund - 2012 - In Sharon Crasnow & Anita Superson (eds.), Out From the Shadows: Analytical Feminist Contributions to Traditional Philosophy.
    This essay identifies a connection between the capacities required for individual autonomy and the capacities required for a particular form of shared agency. Like other feminist philosophers, I hold that individual autonomy must be understood in relational terms. In the first section of the essay, I argue that that autonomy is constitutively relational in the sense that it depends upon a dialogical disposition to hold oneself answerable to external, critical perspectives. In the second section, I argue that this disposition is (...)
     
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    Who Do We Think We Are?Andrea Westlund - 2019 - Philosophy and Literature 43 (1):173-191.
    Our moral lives are replete with acts of autobiographical story-telling. The stories we tell are intended to help others understand what we do by helping them understand “who we are” in a practical or normative sense. The act of addressing one’s stories to an audience, however, is as likely to destabilize as it is to confirm one’s understanding of “who one is”. Drawing on themes in Wally Lamb’s novel I Know This Much is True, I offer a dialogical account of (...)
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    Victims' Stories: A Call to Care.Andrea C. Westlund - 2018 - Metaphilosophy 49 (1-2):27-39.
    In her book Victims' Stories and the Advancement of Human Rights, Diana Meyers offers a careful analysis of victims' stories as a narrative genre, and she argues that stories in this genre function as a call to care: they both depict a moral void and issue a moral demand, thereby fostering the development of a culture of human rights. This article, while finding Meyers's articulation of this idea compelling, questions Meyers's account of how victims' stories do their moral work. Whereas (...)
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    Authors, narrators, and autonomous agents: The art of relational autobiography.Andrea C. Westlund - 2023 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 61 (S1):50-61.
    In this article, I consider several different ways of unpacking the metaphor of self-authorship, asking what an author might be and how authorship thus understood might be related to personal autonomy. First, I consider authors as makers or creators in a generic sense. Next, I consider authors as a particular sort of creator (the creator of a text), and, finally, authors as an interpretive construct implied by a text. Ultimately, I argue that we both construct ourselves as authors and take (...)
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    Love and the sharing of ends.Andrea C. Westlund - 2008
    The Center for 21st Century Studies, a UW System Center of Excellence at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee campus, is a postdoctoral research institute founded in 1968 to foster crossdisciplinary research in the humanities. This series of occasional, on-line Working Papers provides a forum for rapid distribution of ideas in texts that are not yet ready or suitable for publication in more formal academic publications, but still offer valuable content. Usually the authors of Center Working Papers will be Center (...)
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  20. ‘Who's to Say?’: Responsibility, Entitlement, and Educating for Autonomy.Andrea C. Westlund - 2021 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 39 (4):597-615.
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  21. Autonomy and the Autobiographical Perspective.Andrea Westlund - 2015 - In Marina Oshana (ed.), Personal Autonomy and Social Oppression: Philosophical Perspectives. New York:
     
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    Education for autonomy, and for care: a comment on Asha Bhandary’s Freedom to Care.Andrea C. Westlund - 2022 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 25 (6):820-826.
    In this paper I examine and elaborate on Asha Bhandary’s conception of autonomy, and take up the question of what education for autonomy, thus understood, might require. I argue that educating for autonomy requires educators to impart, to students, an interlocking set of dialogical or relational skills that center responsiveness to the perspectives of others, and that these skills significantly overlap with the skills required for basic education in care.
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    Stories of Forgiveness.Andrea C. Westlund - 2019 - Australasian Philosophical Review 3 (3):312-317.
    ABSTRACT Miranda Fricker argues that paradigm-based explanations take a more direct and transparent route to the same destination as State of Nature storytelling, offering hypotheses about the basic purpose of a practice while dispensing with distracting narrative elements. I argue that narratives of forgiveness are not simply dispensable; they but offer a form of emotional and evaluative understanding to which there is no more direct route.
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    Book Review: A Defense of Abortion. [REVIEW]Andrea Westlund - 2004 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 1 (3):378-382.
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    Nussbaum, Martha. Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. 336. $24.95. [REVIEW]Andrea C. Westlund - 2017 - Ethics 127 (3):797-802.
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  26. Review of Greg Scherkoske, Integrity and the Virtues of Reason: Leading a Convincing Life. [REVIEW]Andrea Westlund - 2013 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2013.
     
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  27. Review of Global Feminist Ethics, Feminist Interventions In Ethics and Politics, and The Ethics of Care: Personal, Political, and Global. [REVIEW]Andrea Westlund - 2009 - Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women’s Studies Resources 30.
  28. Review of Hilde Lindemann, Holding and Letting Go: The Social Practice of Personal Identities. [REVIEW]Andrea Westlund - 2015 - The Philosophers' Magazine 70.
     
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  29. Review of Inside Ethics by Alice Crary. [REVIEW]Andrea Westlund - 2016 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2016.
     
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    Review of Kim Atkins / / / Kim Atkins and Catriona MacKenzie (eds.), Narrative Identity and Moral Identity: A Practical Perspective / / / Practical Identity and Narrative Agency[REVIEW]Andrea C. Westlund - 2009 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (4).
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    Shared Agency: A Planning Theory of Acting Together, by Bratman, Michael E.: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. xi + 219, $29.95. [REVIEW]Andrea C. Westlund - 2015 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 93 (4):822-825.