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Autonomy and Orthonomy

O'Shea, Tom (2015) 'Autonomy and Orthonomy.' Journal of Moral Philosophy, 12 (5). pp. 619-637. ISSN 1740-4681

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Abstract

The ideal of personal autonomy faces a challenge from advocates of orthonomy, who think good government should displace self-government. These critics claim that autonomy is an arbitrary kind of psychological harmony and that we should instead concentrate on ensuring our motivations and deliberations are responsive to reasons. This paper recasts these objections as part of an intramural debate between approaches to autonomy that accept or reject the requirement for robust rational capacities. It argues that autonomy depends upon such responsiveness to reasons, countering objections that ‘externalist’ rationalist criteria strip the self from self-government.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2013 09:47
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2015 10:27
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/8547

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