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Autonomy, Oppression, and Gender$
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Andrea Veltman and Mark Piper

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199969104

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199969104.001.0001

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Emotions, Reasons, and Autonomy

Emotions, Reasons, and Autonomy

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(p.163) 8 Emotions, Reasons, and Autonomy
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Autonomy, Oppression, and Gender
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Christine Tappolet

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199969104.003.0008

What is the relation between autonomy and emotions? According to an influential account, autonomy can be spelled out in terms of reason responsiveness. On the basis of an account of emotions according to which emotions are perceptual experiences of evaluative properties, this chapter focuses on cases of akrasia and argues that emotions can inform an agent about reasons and that acting on emotions can count as responding to reasons. Put simply, what is proposed is that reason responsiveness requires not a judgment about one’s reasons, but the exercise of agential virtues. The last section of the paper considers the implications for autonomy theories. The main upshot of the discussion is that if the proposed account is on the right lines, it is a mistake to think that there is an important difference between reason responsiveness and care accounts of autonomy.

Keywords:   Autonomy, care, emotions, reasons, reason responsiveness, akrasia, virtues

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