Autonomy in Moral and Political Philosophy

Convener: Chris Mills (UCL)

Personal autonomy is a core liberal value that has a long legacy of shaping Western political morality. This deeply contested moral concept has significant political influence. As a result, moral debates over the concept of autonomy continue to have wide ranging implications for normative political philosophy.

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. equality, freedom, personal identity, responsibility, toleration, well-being etc).
  • Autonomy and the social contract.
  • Autonomy and the justification of rights.
  • Autonomy and punishment.
  • Autonomy and education.
  • Autonomy and mental health.
  • Autonomy and paternalism.
  • The epistemic conditions of autonomy.
  • Threats to autonomy (e.g. coercion, deception, manipulation, nudges etc).
  • Critiques of specific accounts of autonomy (e.g. procedural, substantive, relational, hierarchical, perfectionist etc).
  • Critiques of contemporary authors (e.g. Christman, Dworkin, Frankfurt, Friedman, Korsgaard, Mele, Meyers, O’Neill, Oshana, Raz etc).

If you are interested in presenting a paper at this workshop, please submit a 500 word abstract prepared for blind review to

The deadline for abstracts is 30th May 2016.

Notification of acceptance will be by 5th June 2016, allowing graduate students and retirees who have been accepted to apply to the organisers for a bursary (the deadline for which is 10th June 2016).