Research Repository

Paradoxes of Autonomy: On the Dialectics of Freedom and Normativity

Khurana, T (2013) 'Paradoxes of Autonomy: On the Dialectics of Freedom and Normativity.' Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, 17 (1). pp. 50-74. ISSN 1917-9685

5a0614dbf0f6628ac21c73c57d41ab4b.pdf - Accepted Version

Download (379kB) | Preview


This paper revisits the concept of autonomy and tries to elucidate the fundamental insight that freedom and law cannot be understood through their opposition, but rather have to be conceived of as conditions of one another. The paper investigates the paradigmatic Kantian formulation of this insight and discusses the diagnosis that the Kantian idea might give rise to a paradox in which autonomy reverts to arbitrariness or heteronomy. The paper argues that the fatal version of the paradox can be defused if we avoid the legalistic model of autonomy and rather turn to the model of participation in a practice. This leads to a dialectical understanding of the idea of autonomy that preserves the insight that freedom and law are mutually conditioning and simultaneously reveals that they remain in irresolvable tension with one another

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2017 15:33
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2022 19:10

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item