Autonomy and Social Relationships: Rethinking the Feminist Critique

Marilyn Friedman

in Autonomy, Gender, Politics

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195138504
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785902 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy

 Autonomy and Social Relationships: Rethinking the Feminist Critique

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This chapter surveys prominent feminist writings that call for a relational conception of autonomy and that criticize the philosophical mainstream for lacking such an account. It shows that prominent mainstream accounts of autonomy do acknowledge the importance of social relationships, thus tending to converge on this point with the prevalent feminist view. Feminists' objections to mainstream conceptions of autonomy are considered, focusing on the charge that mainstream accounts do not take account of social relationships.

Keywords: personal autonomy; feminism; mainstream philosophy; social relationships

Chapter.  8099 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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