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Taking the Measure of Autonomy: A Four-Dimensional Theory of Self-Governance

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2018.03.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Suzy Killmister, Taking the Measure of Autonomy: A Four-Dimensional Theory of Self-Governance, Routledge, 2017, 200pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138700123. Reviewed by Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin, Sam Houston State University This ambitious book cuts against the grain. Killmister lays out a framework for thinking about autonomy that eschews the received view in many quarters. Difficulty reconciling the various uses to which "autonomy" is put has led to calls for a moratorium on our use of the term. Killmister demurs. Good for her. Her view centers on the idea that there are several dimensions to autonomy, and while they are related, one may fall short in one but not the others. The result is a nuanced theory of autonomy that illuminates how the concept applies in a range of domains and to a range of agents. Killmister puts a wealth of cases to good use. This... Read More

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