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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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Three Dimensions of Autonomy

Three Dimensions of Autonomy

A Relational Analysis

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(p.15) 2 Three Dimensions of Autonomy
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Autonomy, Oppression, and Gender
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Catriona Mackenzie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199969104.003.0002

Theoretical work on relational autonomy over the last decade has significantly advanced our understanding of the constitutive social preconditions for individual autonomy. Yet significant disagreement remains concerning how the concept of autonomy and these social preconditions should be understood. This chapter argues that one reason for the persistence of these disagreements is confusion over the kind of concept that autonomy is. Its first aim is to propose that autonomy should be understood not as a unitary and context-invariant concept but as a multidimensional and context-sensitive concept. To develop this claim, three distinct, but causally interdependent, dimensions of autonomy are distinguished and explicated: self-determination, self-governance, and self-authorization. Each of these involves distinct conditions that may be satisfied to varying degrees. The second aim of the chapter is to develop a relational interpretation of the three dimensions of autonomy and their distinct conditions.

Keywords:   Autonomy, relational autonomy, self-determination, self-governance, self-authorization

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