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The Moral Limits of the Criminal Law Volume 3: Harm to Self$
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Joel Feinberg

Print publication date: 1989

Print ISBN-13: 9780195059236

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195059239.001.0001

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Autonomy

Autonomy

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(p.27) 18 Autonomy
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The Moral Limits of the Criminal Law Volume 3: Harm to Self
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Joel Feinberg

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195059239.003.0002

Philosophers have long had a term to label the realm of inviolable sanctuary that most of us sense in our own beings: personal autonomy. Feinberg sets out a number of closely related views of personal autonomy. It can refer to either the capacity to govern oneself, or to the actual condition of self‐government and its associated virtues, or to an ideal of character derived from that conception, or to the sovereign authority to govern oneself, which is absolute within one's own moral boundaries.

Keywords:   autonomy, personal sovereignty, self

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