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The autonomy of persons



The term “autonomy of persons” refers to the capacity to determine one’s own will and to act accordingly. Many people value their personal autonomy as an expression or constitutive part of their individuality, especially in Western societies: They want to make up their own decisions and take each other responsible for it. It is quite clear that this concept of autonomy is immediately linked to the notion of free will, but the focus in the debate about autonomy is a bit different from that about the free will. Whereas in the free will debate, it is often mainly the principle of alternative possibilities which is at stake, the focus in the autonomy debate is a bit more on questions typical for applied philosophy: How must the will be structured in order to possess autonomy (H. Frankfurt)? What is the relation between personal autonomy and (perhaps oppressive) socialization and education (P. Benson)? In how far is political suppression an obstacle to personal autonomy (M. Oshana)? What is the relation between autonomy and morality? Is morality perhaps a condition for autonomy (I. Kant)? What is the relation between personal autonomy and being a citizen in a democratic state (Christman)? In the seminar, we will discuss these topics on the basis of papers and book chapters.

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Veranstaltungsart: Seminar (Offizielle Lehrveranstaltungen)
Veranstaltungsnummer: 8.3241
Ort: nicht angegeben
Zeiten: Fr. 10:00 - 12:00 (wöchentlich)
Erster Termin: Fr , 23.10.2020 10:00 - 12:00


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