Part 2.5: Interests, Self-Interest and Autonomy

11 Pages Posted: 31 Dec 2008

Date Written: 1989


Part II. Section 5. Interests, Self-Interest and Autonomy:

Two questions drive this chapter: 1) What kinds of things can be objects of autonomous choices? and 2) How are these related to an individual's authentic self? If self-interest is construed as securing a set of basic goods for oneself, personal autonomy and self-interest can collide. Still, Meyers holds that autonomy based on exercising autonomy competency is compatible with the dominance principle, which counsels opting for a course of action that satisfies at least one more authentic desire than other available possibilities.

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meyers, diana, Part 2.5: Interests, Self-Interest and Autonomy (1989). Available at SSRN: or

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