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By Ellen Frankel Paul, Fred D. Miller Jr., Jeffrey Paul

ISBN-10: 0521534992

ISBN-13: 9780521534994

As a significant suggestion in ethical and political philosophy, "autonomy" is usually understood as a few kind of self-governance or self-direction. yes Stoics, sleek philosophers similar to Spinoza, and, most significantly, Immanuel Kant, are one of the nice philosophers who've provided vital insights at the inspiration. a few theorists learn autonomy because it pertains to the self being moved via its higher-order wants. Others argue that it has to be understood because it pertains to performing from cause or from a feeling of ethical accountability self reliant of ardour. The essays during this quantity examine the concept that and position of autonomy in philosophy in addition to their implications in public coverage.

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One way of posing the question that I just asked, therefore, is to ask, What does Zeus, or universal reason, think that we should do—what, in other words, does it wish us to do? This is what it is right for us to do, what reason (in us, too) declares that we ought to do, and what it is best for us to do. In general terms the answer is clear. Zeus and nature wish us to think, in each circumstance, whatever thought on our part would most perfectly cohere with all of the prior and all of the future thoughts that constitute the (rest of the) history of thoughts that is universal reason's, or Zeus's, own life.

26 JOHN M. COOPER Nonetheless, there are important resemblances and, no doubt, also historical connections between the two conceptions of autonomy, Kantian and Stoic. ) First of all, unlike many current conceptions of autonomy, both Kant and Dio (on behalf of the Stoics) understand autonomy in strict accordance with its etymology, as involving being subject to and consistently following law(s) (vojxoi) of one's own making. For Kant and Dio, autonomy is not mere selfdirection or self-governance, which might, of course, be quite arbitrary, unprincipled, and inconsistent.

Under Stoic autonomy, ends are set for us by (universal) reason itself, never by the arbitrary pleasures and preferences of individuals among us. These and other differences, I think, all stem directly from the difference between Kant's and the Stoics' conceptions of the nature of reason and rationality itself. For Kant, reason is essentially something formal, a matter of logical consistency in one's reasoning from given premises to appropriate conclusions, and of the most abstract, universal principles for the organization of experience.

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