Ethical autonomy (2020)

the rise of self-rule

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This text examines the importance of personal autonomy for democratic citizenship and for good lives. It charts the evolution of autonomy and analyzes the proliferation of autonomy in free societies. The work pinpoints serious deficiencies in received ideals of autonomy for individual persons. It delivers an extended critique of personal autonomy, noting the excessive openness and lack of moral structure that personal autonomy provides. It elaborates an argument in favour of ethical autonomy, an alternative kind of autonomy that integrates individual self-rule with moral character.