Introduction. Autonomy: Specification of a Term, Recognition of a Problem

Katerina Deligiorgi

in The Scope of Autonomy

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646159
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741142 | DOI:
Introduction. Autonomy: Specification of a Term, Recognition of a Problem

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Chapter 1 is introductory; it aims to locate the central concepts, ideas, and questions that arise in the context of current debates about autonomy. This chapter provides the basic Kantian orientation for the theory of autonomy presented in the main body of the book and a preliminary characterization of autonomy in terms of ‘the idea of the will of every rational being as a universally legislating will’ (Groundwork 4:431). The chapter outlines the epistemic, psychological, metaphysical, and substantive normative commitments that make up this composite picture of autonomy and shows how the notion of nomos or ‘law’ within autonomy offers the best clue to understanding the full range of this complex concept.

Keywords: autonomia; co-legislation; universalizability; perspectival ascent; Allison; Schneewind; Irwin; Frankfurt; Ameriks; O’Neill; Rousseau; Schiller; Hegel

Chapter.  14054 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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