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- DescriptionKaterina Deligiorgi offers a contemporary defence of automy that is Kantian in orientation but which engages closely with recent arguments about agency, morality, and practical reasoning. Automy is a key concept in contemporary moral philosophy with deep roots in the history of the subject. However, there is still agreed view about the correct way to formulate an account of automy that adequately captures both our capacity for self-determination and our responsiveness to reasons. The theory defended in The Scope of Automy is distinctive in two respects. First, whereas automy has primarily been understood in terms of our relation to ourselves, Deligiorgi shows that it also centrally involves our relation to others. Identifying the intersubjective dimension of automy is crucial for the defence of automy as a morality of freedom. Second, automy must be treated as a composite concept and hence t capturable in simple definitions such as acting on one's higher order desires or on principles one endorses. One of the virtues of the composite picture is that it shows automy lying at the intersection of concerns with morality, practical rationality, and freedom. Automy pertains to all these areas, though it does t exactly coincide with any of them. Proving this, and so tracing the scope of automy, is therefore essential: Deligiorgi shows that automy is theoretically plausible, psychologically realistic, and morally attractive.
- Author BiographyKaterina Deligiorgi is interested in how reason and value interconnect and how they shape our lives. Kant and Hegel are key points of reference for this work. She is the author of Kant and the Culture of Enlightenment (2005) and editor of Hegel: New Directions (2006); she also edits the Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain. Her current project, following on from The Scope of Autonomy: Kant and the Morality of Freedom, focuses on the metaphysics and epistemology of action and the theoretical challenges posed by contemporary neuroscience.
- Author(s)Katerina Deligiorgi
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication31/05/2012
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Weight448 g
- Width146 mm
- Height222 mm
- Spine20 mm
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