Autonomy in Moral and Political Philosophy

[Revised entry by John Christman on January 9, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Individual autonomy is an idea that is generally understood to refer to the capacity to be
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[Revised entry by John Christman on January 9, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Individual autonomy is an idea that is generally understood to refer to the capacity to be one's own person, to live one's life according to reasons and motives that are taken as one's own and not the product of manipulative or distorting external forces. It is a central value in the Kantian tradition of moral philosophy but it is also given fundamental status in John Stuart Mill's version of utilitarian liberalism (Kant 1785/1983, Mill 1859/1975, ch. III). Examination of...

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