Autonomy and the Challenges to Liberalism: New Essays by John Christman, Joel Anderson

By John Christman, Joel Anderson

In recent times the techniques of person autonomy and political liberalism were the topics of severe debate, yet those discussions have happened mostly inside of separate educational disciplines. Autonomy and the demanding situations to Liberalism includes essays dedicated to foundational questions relating to either the suggestion of the self sustaining self and the character and justification of liberalism. Written through major figures in ethical, felony and political idea, the amount covers inter alia the next subject matters: the character of the self and its relation to autonomy, the social dimensions of autonomy and the political dynamics of admire and popularity, and the concept that of autonomy underlying the rules of liberalism.

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10. ” For a discussion, see Carol Pateman The Sexual Contract (Stanford, Introduction 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 21 CA: Stanford University Press, 1988) and Charles Mills, The Racial Contract (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1997). As noted, this characterization is the subject of much debate. For overview discussions, see Will Kymlicka, Liberalism, Community and Culture (Oxford: Clarendon, 1989), chapters 2–3, and John Christman, Social and Political Philosophy: A Contemporary Introduction (London: Routledge, 2002), Part I.

22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. John Christman and Joel Anderson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999), for discussion of some aspects of it. See, for example, Michel Foucault Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, Alan Sheridan, trans. (New York: Vintage Books, 1995); David Harvey, The Condition of Postmodernity (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1989); William Connolly, Identity/Difference (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1991); and Wendy Brown, States of Injury: Power and Freedom in Late Modernity (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1995).

All in all, then, the gulf between me and effective agentic power seems far wider in the City Harvest Robin Hood scenario than it does in my real-life experiences. 36 Diana Tietjens Meyers For these reasons, I think it would be unwise to short-circuit inquiry by declaring my experiences heteronomous. Still, it is not clear how autonomy-defeating, alien motivations differ from autonomy-preserving, authentic ones. The succeeding sections of this chapter propose a way to distinguish the autonomous agency of the self-as-relational, as-embodied, as-divided, and as-social from nonautonomous behavior arising from these dimensions of the self.

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