Autonomy, Social Disruption, and Women

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, Social Disruption, and Women

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This chapter develops a point made in preceding chapters that autonomy, although socially grounded, has an individualizing dimension — a dimension that is defend against the worries of critics. The main thesis is that: at the same time that we embrace relational accounts of autonomy, we should also be cautious about them. Autonomy increases the risk of disruption in interpersonal relationships. While this is an empirical and not a conceptual claim about autonomy, nevertheless, the risk is significant and its bearing on the value of autonomy is therefore empirically significant. It makes a difference in particular to whether the ideal of autonomy is genuinely hospitable to women.

Keywords: personal autonomy; women; gender stereotypes; social reconceptualization

Chapter.  7024 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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