Part 2.1: Recent Accounts of Autonomy

12 Pages Posted: 31 Dec 2008

Date Written: 1989


Part II. Section 1. Recent Accounts of Autonomy:

Emphasizing the problematic relationship between autonomy and socialization, Meyers explores prominent views of autonomy, including Robert Young's, Stanley Benn's, Harry Frankfurt's, Gerald Dworkin's, and Gary Watson's. Having identified three main models for "rescuing autonomy from socialization," she identifies a single defect underlying all of them - namely, their assumption that personal autonomy requires transcending socialization through free will.

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meyers, diana, Part 2.1: Recent Accounts of Autonomy (1989). Available at SSRN: or

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