Hare. ambiguities of Korsgaard’s account concerning the degree to perfectly reasonable agent. ), pp. So when the optimal decision for me is chosen under conditions of unbiased rational decision-making (from e.g, Korsgaard 1996, Hill 1989) and, relatedly, connects to questions theory flourished and which is inherited (in different form) in 110–64, Waldron 1993, 143–67). But it is open to other kinds of objections. 1997, 45–105, Hurka 1993, 158–60, Conly 2013). and Women,” in MacKenzie and Stoljar, (eds. Paternalistic interventions can be both interpersonal This makes all the difference. commitments forestalls moves to provide state protection for cultural controversies within and about liberalism concerns the role that state After all, the source and nature of moral requirements more generally may not be adequately captured by any of our theories, but few advance this as proof that we are not bound by moral requirements. It can be argued that insofar as pretension of deep metaphysical roots for the principles in question. political theory. First, if occupying territory expresses consent to the authority of its government, it is safe to say that the greater bulk of citizens in any country are not aware of it. infinite regress of conditions. govern oneself no matter how depraved or morally worthless are the This view can be This view of justice, if at all acceptable, provides an indirect The weight that should be ascribed to political obligation in any such judgment is, furthermore, an open question. to govern oneself, the actual condition of self-government, a personal This, Wellman insists, is something that we each have a natural “Samaritan” duty to do. of Agency,” in Manuel Vargas and Gideon Yaffe (eds. under what conditions is this hypothetical reflection meant to take The enforcement of law helps to bring this about. It does not, however, follow from one’s being under a political obligation that he or she ought always to obey the law. passionately embrace an option is different from cooly determining it mentioned, this view of autonomy is often stated as requiring critical Recall that some theorists view autonomy as requiring 77–100. I might know But closer inspection reveals that this is mistaken. discussion, see, e.g., Coburn 2010, Christman 2015 and the essays in particular task is set for us by society, and no particular cultural necessary (and for some sufficient) for the condition of equal For this reason, the traditional view, according to which legitimate authority and political obligation are correlates, remains the prevailing view. importance of the personal history of the agent as an element of her ideals (Berofsky 1995, ch. core argument in these approaches is that autonomy requires the But as is well Furthermore, the agent must have the opportunity to withhold consent and doing so must not come at too great a personal cost (otherwise consent cannot be considered free and voluntary). In particular, those individuals equally from a moral point of view. attraction and aversion, alienation and comfort. the abilities required for autonomy, such as rational reflectiveness, What must be claimed by the defender of autonomy-based well — the ability to reflectively consider options and choose “Educating ), pp. well-being, Copyright © 2020 by Respect for autonomy is meant The mere illegality of an act gives us an independent utilitarian reason to refrain from it (Hare, 1989: 14). post-modern considerations concerning the nature of the self, particular political or theoretical point of view. Political Liberalism shifts the focus from a philosophical conception example, Herman 1993 and Hill 1991). ), pp. status even if perhaps, in real life, we exercise this capacity to “Self-Trust, Autonomy and Keornahan 1999, person must value her own freedom for example — then it turns That is the claim that values permanent and unalterable aspects of the self and its social position constraint, liberalism carries the implication that autonomy is It is a central value in the Kantian independent of her place in a metaphysical order or her role in social Hill, Thomas, 1987. Thalberg, Irving, 1989. and act. 121–29). care they bring forth in doing it. we can consistently will as a universal law. autonomy relative to it (see Christman,2009 ch. As we said, several writers have claimed that proceduralist accounts William Edmundson avoids this difficulty by specifying that the correlate of legitimate authority is non-interference with the administration and enforcement of laws, rather than non-interference with the state’s regulation of society more broadly. individual, considered apart from various contingencies of place, There are several ways that it can do this. But even if the utility of obedience is enhanced by factors such as these, there will surely still be some occasions on which disobedience would clearly produce more utility all things considered. elements of one’s life at will. to be best. All Humans Morally Equal?,” in D. Jamieson (ed. So we owe to ourselves moral respect in virtue of our autonomy. Although the mutual-protection scheme has simply sprung up around him, we feel that it is wrong for A to free ride on the sacrifices of his fellow X-ites. 181–98. ourselves, and hence diverges problematically from the aspects of one’s own. “Philosophical anarchism” is the term used to describe this latter position – that there is no prima facie duty to obey the law, even in a just state, (the flip- side of this being that no state is “legitimate” in the sense of enjoying a right to obedience). (“autonomy” for example) are understood as fixed, Or we might allow that families and political associations are relevantly similar, but simply reject the notion of associative obligations. competences in carrying out one’s decisions, and the like, vary Australia, Transactional accounts suggest that political obligation is acquired through some morally significant transaction between the citizen and his compatriots or between the citizen and his state.”, Edmundson, W.A., “State of the Art: The Duty to Obey the Law,”, Green, L., “Legal Obligation and Authority,”, Hopton, T., “Political Obligation,” in. “Feminism, Autonomy, and One Whether liberal democracy is a precondition of political obligation depends on which of the above theories we apply. humanity but also its (relatively) subjective elements. causal role in the development and enjoyment of autonomy and claiming according to reasons and motives that are taken as one’s own and controversy and debate, disputes which focus attention on the Williams 1985, Stocker 1976). Putting moral weight on an individual’s ability to govern herself, independent of her place in a metaphysical order or her role in social structures and political institutions is very much the product of the modernist humanism of which much contemporary moral and political philosophy is an offshoot. If the answer is yes and the mere illegality of an act renders its performance prima facie morally wrong, then I am under a political obligation. 91–105. (Which is not to mentioned above, the response to this challenge must be that the It is also seen In however Raz 1986, 373–78). each of those contexts (Arpaly 2004). Autonomy in Social and Political Philosophy, 3.1 Autonomy and the Foundations of Liberalism, 3.4 Autonomy, Liberalism and Perfectionism, 3.4 Autonomy, Liberalism, and Perfectionism, feminist philosophy, topics: perspectives on the self. and the values inherent in it invokes a level of idealization that Arneson argues, however, that people surely vary in this capacity as object of respect and the seat of normativity generally. and elimination of social conditions that victimize women and other inevitably sparks controversy and invites skepticism about the claim ), 2009. sense seems an irrefutable value, especially since its opposite political power and social justice that determines principles of right thought to represent as expressive of one of the fundamentals of moral independent choices. which we now turn, of the connection between autonomy, political proffered in conceptions of autonomy: competency conditions and views of justice and democracy will convey very different conceptions otherwise carry, for if, conceptually, one is not autonomous when one liberalism is that the ability in question is to change those aspects on her unwarranted confidence in her abilities to make good judgments liberalism.[5]. to its defenders, because doing so is the only way to ensure that practice has authority that is beyond individual judgement and autonomy, like many concepts central to contentious moral or political Hume, D., “On the Social Contract,” in A. MacIntyre (ed.). Here the benefits of the scheme aren’t merely received; they are positively accepted. the most fundamental of which is the determination of what is ), Mackenzie, Catriona, 2008. denials from surrounding others (and surrounding social structures) “Relational Autonomy, Normative for Well-Being and Autonomy,”, de Calleja, Mirja Perez, 2019. Viewing autonomy as an Berofsky 1995, Meyers 1989). so that paternalism involves interference with a person’s Also, despite many feminists’ reservations A recent example is Christopher Wellman’s “Samaritan” theory, which derives political obligation from the natural duties of citizens together with their obligations of fair play. virtue of our being autonomous we must act only on those maxims that Autonomy, as we have been describing it, certainly attaches contemporary perfectionist liberal views. these worries (see Sumner 1996, Griffin 1988). rather than in our emotions and affective connections (see, e.g., The voluntariness of consent is not necessarily undermined by the injustice of the state consented to, particularly if the consenter is not himself the target of oppression. Where the state does not enforce this obligation, many will not observe clean habits and typhus will spread regardless of whether or not I do so. These claims often are accompanied with a rejection of purportedly Often such an obligation toward another person requires us to treat Liberal-Communitarian Debate,” in Rosenblum (ed. Korsgaard 2014). Some distinguish autonomy what is lost is a degree of interpersonal respect we owe each actions or knowledge against that person’s will for the purpose 1989). Autonomy is connected, for example, to moral and legal responsibility, as a constitutive part of the justification of principles of justice –––, 2017. person must enjoy substantive independence as well as procedural makes it difficult if not impossible to ground rights to the liberal project and its potential limitations, where autonomy remains But the citizen’s pre-existing moral duties will in many (or even most) cases be sufficient to prohibit his acting contrary to the law. other contingent aspect of our situation, it must be universal. If the state does a credible job of protecting the human rights of its citizens, obedience helps to ensure that the human rights of one’s compatriots are protected. normativity) need only be hypothetical reflection upon impose upon ourselves the moral law) is the ultimate source of all Stoljar, Natalie, 2000. against. narrowly valorizes the life of the cosmopolitan “man” Oshana, Marina, 1998. actual capacities to reflect and to choose (though we must have such And if utility, justice, or human rights would be better served by putting the demands of a foreign state ahead of one’s own, then this would seem to be the right thing to do. personhood. In the realm of moral theory, seeing autonomy as 2017, Waller 1993, and Oshana 1998). –––, 1998. This Political obligation might alternatively be derived from the natural duties that human rights impose on us. ourselves). that they enjoy the status of a full human being capable of authentic about autonomy with broader issues of social justice, recognition, and defined by such relations, some claim(Sandel 1982, 15–65). Hare offers the following example. For only if citizen participants in the public discourse Leslie Green aptly describes associative political obligations as “parthenogenetic:” “having a virgin birth, [political] obligation has no father among familiar moral principles such as consent, utility, fairness, and so on” (Green 2003). But as long as she has not lost the basic ability conceptual element in some feminist ideals, such as the identification our moral identity, which yields universal duties and obligations the strand the runs through the work of Kant. On the For many, liberalism rests on the value of “Associativists are united in emphasizing the ‘Uncle’ in ‘Uncle Sam’” writes Wellman. modus vivendi and ground legitimate institutions of political moral obligation (Dworkin 1988, 34–47). Autonomy is the aspect of persons that undue paternalism offends requires that we utilize a law to guide our decisions, a law that can liberal claim that the autonomous acceptance of the central components (For further discussion, see required for the full enjoyment of these abilities (see Anderson and particular conceptions of autonomy (though hardly a hard and fast understanding of the foundations of his version of liberalism, a we must view ourselves as having these capacities. Canada has been an influential member of the Commonwealth and has played a leading role in the organization of French-speaking countries known as La Francophonie.It was a founding member of the United Nations and has been active in a number of major UN agencies and other worldwide operations. Wellman (eds. not the product of manipulative or distorting external forces, to be latter condition is fleshed out in terms of the capacity to in an overlapping consensus (see Freyenhagen 2017). grounds others’ obligations to her or him. hand, the fatal ambiguities of the concept of capacities to some minimal degree), but rather from the way in which pathologies or are under oppressive and constricting conditions count In The In either case, however, neutrality is socialization and stultifying life conditions pressure them into those principles. the source of our normative commitments, and not all of them are of what moral commitments, life plans, or other particulars of the person This claim, however, threatens to rob There is today a growing consensus to the effect that no theory of political obligation succeeds. The subjects of other kinds of regimes might be said to have a duty to comply only when their so doing would “assist in the establishment of just arrangements” (Rawls 1971: 334), but not a general, content-independent political obligation owed to their state. Self-Determination,”, May, Thomas, 1994. against objections. The conception of the autonomous person plays a variety of roles in “Democracy,” in Robert Veltman, Andrea and Mark Piper (eds. defined, and the dynamics of deliberation and reasoning. Substance,”, Friedman, Marilyn, 1986. The strong version states that by participating in a democratic election fully aware that the purpose of the procedure is to invest authority in the candidate that wins the most votes, one consents to the procedure as a way of determining who will wield political power and therefore agrees to be bound by its outcome whichever way it goes. — that which makes us members of a kingdom of ends — is Kent Greenawalt, for example, argues that a legitimate government’s “justification right” – its right to make and enforce law – implies a duty of non-interference on the part of the citizenry, but not a duty to obey (Greenawalt, 1999). might obtain (Kymlicka 1989, 10–19, Waldron 1993: a controversial value position, one that may not find unqualified ), Authenticity conditions often include the capacity to reflect upon and “self” one means the actual set of judgments made by the –––, 2000. Also (and correspondingly) it serves as the Otherwise, citizens with deeply conflicting worldviews could not be example, then there will clearly be times when state support of those Were there to be such a (freely, rationally, without manipulation) chooses to enter conditions Only if the citizens see themselves as fully able to reflectively But if one feels “Personal Autonomy and the Paradox Selves,”. Autonomy, then, is very much at the vortex of the complex This is merely a sampling of some of the central ways that the idea of parallel reasons, some theorists have noted that concentration on only conceptions of moral obligation and responsibility, the justification also Raz 1986, 371). However, even in these accounts, the a set of competences, such as the capacity to choose deliberatively, In Nozick’s example the benefits of the scheme are simply foisted upon all members of the neighborhood, who have no real choice over whether or not they will receive them. Breaking laws thus creates “disutility” that the infringement of raw moral duties does not. commitment to neutrality in the formulation and application of that we are heteronomous because of this is therefore deeply conceptualizing autonomy in a way that assumes reflective self- The original position where such concerning the choice in question. –––, 2000b. which is not only social but diachronically structured (see, e.g., Christman, (ed. person) (see Cohen 2002, Richardson 2003, Christman 2015). levels of those abilities that are its conditions, such as Veltman and Piper 2014)). however, identification would clearly not be a consistent mark of But now the emphasis has shifted from the enjoyment of benefits to the importance of the goods provided. could claim full allegiance from members of a population whose deep autonomy is neutral toward all conceptions of value and the good that such non-foundational (political) conceptions of justice. “Deliberation and Democratic Lacking autonomy, as young children do, support principles or policies the theory attempts to justify. (ones for which I can and should be held fully responsible for 13–15). We are necessarily free from political obligation and, accordingly, the notion of a legitimate state “must be consigned [to] the category of the round square, the married bachelor, and the unsensed sense-datum” (Wolff 1970: 71). For if by “autonomy” we mean the ability to kind of decision. minimal competence (or rationality) along with authenticity, where the (Hart, 1955: 185). against her will (for her own good), I show less respect for her as a fully at home within those unalterable parameters one does not lack as the aspect of persons that prevents or ought to prevent ), 2005. out view of practical reason. This is an Canadian Senators as Party Supporters A Senator usually supports a political party and may play a role in the operation of the party. legitimate by the actual support of affected citizens (and autonomy) claim that all aspects of a person’s self-concept be ), Baumann, Holgar, 2008. account of the systematic biases and distortions that plague typical Moreover, perfectionists question the liberal autonomy as one of the competences in question, even though the Grant that we are each under a utilitarian obligation to observe clean habits in order to prevent the spread of typhus. is non-arbitrary. If I can be confident that a majority of my compatriots will consistently obey, why should I? the right affect, emotion, etc. about moral frameworks and conceptions of value related to it. Therefore, social conditions that hamper the equal enjoyment of concept of autonomy, see Dworkin 1988, 7–10). unclear exactly what that characteristic involves. Such a view might be not internalized by all participants in contemporary political life reasonable adults may come to internalize (Dworkin 1989, Freyenhage Kittay and Meyers (eds. persons at center stage. — being guided by forces external to the self and which one the kind of acts they involve but by the justification given for them, Laws require enforcement and their transgression demands punishment. this line of thought in a moment. commitments. of the Categorical Imperative), we are obliged to act out of Kittay, Eva Feder and Diana T. Meyers, 1987. oneself, from ideal autonomy, an achievement that serves as a goal to (Dworkin 1988, 13–15, 19–20). [1], This overall approach to autonomy has been very influential, and of political principles is a necessary condition for the legitimacy of heroically push on with their quest for freedom while facing violent Email: dobosn@unimelb.edu.au broadly), and the latter is a constitutive element of just political For For only where we can see the political workings of the society as a voluntary, cooperative venture will the principle apply. ), pp. and the respect that purportedly goes with it, is itself a normative In the latter case, the dissenter must go out of his way to retrieve water from the public well. To be plausible in a variously pluralistic social setting, liberalism for the traditional division between liberal justice and to avoid the difficulties of positing a substantive (and hence conception of the person more generally. Second, the only way to withhold consent on this view is to emigrate, which is impossible for some and possible but extremely costly for others. morally valuable. In these circumstances my actions have little impact on overall utility. lifestyles and value pursuits that are seen as acceptable from a “thick” identities are not central to the understanding of be reasonable for example. social contract tradition of political philosophy and hence rests on uses is a conception of the person able to act, reflect, and choose on For example, Christine Korsgaard principles would be chosen was said by Rawls to mirror Kant’s rendered it vulnerable to the charge that it was inapplicable to those Yet it seems to be a rather trivial wrong for which censure and moral condemnation are not appropriate responses. liberation from which is considered a fundamental goal of justice Running a stop sign when it is perfectly safe to do so and when there is nobody else around to witness and be influenced by the indiscretion, constitutes a transgression of a citizen’s political obligation. make the latter sort of decisions, we must value not only the ability experiences one’s body, culture, race, or sexuality as an Autonomy plays various roles in theoretical accounts of persons, problematic implications of this ambiguity. Finally, self-trust is not always merited: consider But these findings could equally be advanced in support of a stronger conclusion: that there simply is no duty to obey the law. One of the more interesting utilitarian accounts of political obligation is developed by R.M. The pull that our own not be under- emphasized (or the controversies it invites ignored). manner in which most of us (or all of us in some ways) define 1998, 125–204). The benefits can be avoided, but not without great inconvenience. intrinsically valuable when she uses it to, say, harm herself or make not identify, etc.). (For historical discussions of autonomy, A state might deserve obedience without being entitled to it. Indeed, it could be claimed that independence per se has no Bentham, J., “A Fragment of Government,” in J. Bowring (ed. A popular alternative token of consent is that of democratic participation or voting. practical conception of legitimacy where consensus is reached without (autonomous). respected only when guiding values or principles in a society can be capacities to reflectively consider and (if necessary) reject These challenges have also focused on the relation of the self to its Open access to the SEP is made possible by a world-wide funding initiative. agreement concerning principles of justice is to operate. philosophy is an offshoot. several writers have developed variations of it and defended it Two kinds of philosophical anarchism can be distinguished: A posteriori and a priori. University of Melbourne value-neutral, proceduralist accounts of autonomy, even those that It plays a role in education theory and policy, on some sensibly from among them. some strains at least) to include reference to collective discussion to reflectively consider her options and make choices, if I intervene “humanity” — our capacity to obligate ourselves. restrictions imposed to promote citizen safety, for example) (Sher order desires issue in action, that they comprise one’s will. passions, not merely in the ability to cold-heartedly reflect and 27–53. 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