Joel Feinberg

in The Moral Limits of the Criminal Law Volume 3: Harm to Self

Published in print August 1989 | ISBN: 9780195059236
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869473 | DOI:

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Philosophers have long had a term to label the realm of inviolable sanctuary that most of us sense in our own beings: personal autonomy. Feinberg sets out a number of closely related views of personal autonomy. It can refer to either the capacity to govern oneself, or to the actual condition of self‐government and its associated virtues, or to an ideal of character derived from that conception, or to the sovereign authority to govern oneself, which is absolute within one's own moral boundaries.

Keywords: autonomy; personal sovereignty; self

Chapter.  11843 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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