Autonomy and Self-Care

Andrea C. Westlund

in Autonomy, Oppression, and Gender

Published in print August 2014 | ISBN: 9780199969104
Published online August 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780190225711 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy

Autonomy and Self-Care

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Recent feminist accounts of autonomy have focused both on autonomous agents’ relationships to others and on their self-regarding attitudes or self-relations. This chapter focuses on the attitude of practical self-care, arguing that autonomous agents must care about themselves in a sense that amounts to caring about their practical reasons. While self-care is primarily a self-relation, it also implies a form of interpersonal relationality. Caring about one’s reasons requires caring about intersubjective assessments thereof, and the relation of self-care thus implies openness to the reasons of others and a disposition to hold oneself answerable for one’s identity-constituting concerns.

Keywords: Autonomy; care; reasons; relationality; self-care; self-regarding attitudes

Chapter.  8628 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy

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