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- DescriptionSince Mill's seminal work On Liberty, philosophers and political theorists have accepted that we should respect the decisions of individual agents when those decisions affect one other than themselves. Indeed, to respect automy is often understood to be the chief way to bear witness to the intrinsic value of persons. In this book, Sarah Conly rejects the idea of automy as inviolable. Drawing on sources from behavioural ecomics and social psychology, she argues that we are so often irrational in making our decisions that our automous choices often undercut the achievement of our own goals. Thus in many cases it would advance our goals more effectively if government were to prevent us from acting in accordance with our decisions. Her argument challenges widely held views of moral agency, democratic values and the public/private distinction, and will interest readers in ethics, political philosophy, political theory and philosophy of law.
- Author BiographySarah Conly is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine.
- Author(s)Sarah Conly
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication08/11/2012
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight460 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine14 mm
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