This collection of new essays examines philosophical issues at the intersection of feminism and automy studies. Are automy and independence useful goals for women and subordinate persons? Is automy possible in contexts of social subordination? Is the pursuit of desires that issue from patriarchal rms consistent with automous agency? How do emotions and caring relate to automous deliberation? Contributors to this collection answer these questions and others, advancing central debates in automy theory by examining basic components, rmative commitments, and applications of conceptions of automy. Several chapters look at the conditions necessary for automous agency and at the role that values and rms - such as independence, equality, inclusivity, self-respect, care and femininity - play in feminist theories of automy. Whereas some contributing authors focus on dimensions of automy that are internal to the mind - such as deliberative reflection, desires, cares, emotions, self-identities and feelings of self-worth - several authors address social conditions and practices that support or stifle automous agency, often answering questions of practical import. These include such questions as: What type of gender socialization best supports automous agency and feminist goals? When does adapting to severely oppressive circumstances, such as those in human trafficking, turn into a loss of automy? How are ideals of automy affected by capitalism? and How do conceptions of automy inform issues in bioethics, such as end-of-life decisions, or rights to bodily self-determination?
Andrea Veltman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at James Madison University. She works in ethical and political philosophy with a current research focus on labor and work. In addition to publishing articles in feminist ethics and in the history of philosophy, she has edited Social and Political Philosophy (Oxford) and co-edited Oppression and Moral Agency (Special Issue of Hypatia) and Evil, Political Violence and Forgiveness (Rowman & Littlefield). Mark Piper is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at James Madison University. His principal research interests are in normative ethical theory, with a special concentration on the topics of autonomy and well-being. He also has interests in applied ethics and metaethics. He has published articles in numerous anthologies and American and European journals, and is the author of Autonomy: Normative in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.