Varieties of Autonomy
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.
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