Varieties of Autonomy

Nomy Arpaly

in Unprincipled Virtue

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152043
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785780 | DOI:
 Varieties of Autonomy

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the concept of autonomy, focusing on the meaning of autonomy as self-control, as material independence, as psychological independence, and as normative autonomy. It then analyzes David Velleman’s distinction between autonomy, which he takes to be some form of self-control, and authenticity or being true to oneself. It argues that agent-autonomy is not as important to moral responsibility as generally assumed, and rejects the claim that only agent-autonomous action is blameworthy or praiseworthy.

Keywords: autonomy; self-control; authenticity; agent-autonomy; action; moral responsibility; blame; praise

Chapter.  13338 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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