Part 2.2 An Alternative Account of Autonomy

10 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2009

Date Written: 1989


Contrasting ontological accounts of autonomy with procedural accounts, Meyers defends the procedural model. For Meyers, the key question for a theory of autonomy is how people make decisions. She introduces the idea of autonomy competency - a repertoire of coordinated skills that make self-discovery, self-definition, and self-direction and hence autonomy possible. The authentic self is a self that has some degree of proficiency with respect to this competency and that emerges and evolves through the exercise of this competency. Meyers distinguishes programmatic autonomy - living an autonomous life - from episodic autonomy - making particular decisions autonomously.

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meyers, diana, Part 2.2 An Alternative Account of Autonomy (1989). Available at SSRN: or

Diana Meyers (Contact Author)

University of Connecticut ( email )

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