Autonomy in Moral and Political Philosophy

Convener: Chris Mills (UCL)

Personal autonomy is traditionally seen as a central value in liberal political morality. For this reason, arguments concerning the concept of autonomy have wide ranging implications for normative political philosophy. However, much of the disagreement at this level can be traced back to the value and nature of autonomy in the ethical realm.
For this reason, the intended audience of this panel is broad. This panel seeks to bring together current researchers on any topic concerning moral and personal autonomy. I invite submissions on any of the following possible topics:

• The relationship between moral, personal and political autonomy.

• The relationship between autonomy and other normative concepts (e.g. rights, equality, freedom, toleration, respect, well-being, moral status, responsibility, personal identity etc).

• The nature and harm of heteronomy.

• The meta-ethical foundations of autonomy.

• The plausibility of specific accounts of autonomy (e.g. procedural, substantive, relational, hierarchical, perfectionist etc), or the work of specific authors (e.g. Christman, Oshana, Dworkin, Raz, Frankfurt, Kant etc).

• The implications of the value of autonomy in various policy areas (e.g. mental health, upbringing, citizenship etc) and policy methods (e.g. nudges, incentives, coercion, manipulation etc).

If you would like to present a paper at this workshop, please send a 500 word abstract to The deadline for abstracts is 5th June.

3 thoughts on “Autonomy in Moral and Political Philosophy

  1. Hello, I work on the personal and moral autonomy and would like to know if it is possible to access to the papers discussed in the last seminar.
    Best wishes.
    Juan Iosa

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