Autonomy, ethical

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-L007-1
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References and further reading

  • Christman, J. (1989) The Inner Citadel: Essays on Individual Autonomy, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    (A collection of contemporary essays. Good introduction to contemporary discussions of personal autonomy, with an extensive bibliography.)

  • Dworkin, G. (1988) The Theory and Practice of Autonomy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (Accessible treatment of the nature and value of autonomy.)

  • Feinberg, J. (1986) ‘Autonomy’, in Harm to Self, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, ch. 18; repr. in J. Christman (ed.) The Inner Citadel: Essays on Individual Autonomy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989.

    (A clear analysis of different meanings of autonomy.)

  • Frankfurt, H. (1988) The Importance of What We Care About, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (Contains influential essays on freedom of the will of importance to the nature of personal autonomy.)

  • Hill, T.E., Jr (1991) Autonomy and Self-Respect, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, chaps 3, 4, 7.

    (Develops an accessible account of autonomy and of its normative significance.)

  • Hill, T.E., Jr (1992) Dignity and Self-Respect, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, chaps 1, 5–7.

    (Develops an accessible account of Kant’s views about autonomy.)

  • Kant, I. (1785) Grundlegung zur Metaphysik der Sitten, in Kants gesammelte Schriften, ed. Königlichen Preußischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin: Reimer, vol. 4, 1903; trans. J.W. Ellington, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals , Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing Company, 1993.

    (References made to this work in the entry give the page number from the 1903 Berlin Akademie volume; these page numbers are included in the Ellington translation. A classic work of moral theory which bases morality on autonomy.)

  • Korsgaard, C. (1996) Creating the Kingdom of Ends, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (Essays on Kant’s moral theory and on contemporary moral theory relevant to several aspects of autonomy.)

  • Locke, J. (1690) ‘The Second Treatise of Government’, in Two Treatises on Government, ed. P. Laslett, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988, 269–278, 323–333.

    (Classic social contract theory which bases the legitimacy of political authority on the consent of citizens.)

  • Mill, J.S. (1859) On Liberty, ed. E. Rappaport, Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing Company, 1978, esp. 53–71.

    (Classic account of individual civil liberties developed within a utilitarian framework.)

  • Nagel, T. (1970) The Possibility of Altruism, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    (Develops a contemporary Kantian view of motivation.)

  • Rawls, J. (1971) A Theory of Justice, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

    (Seminal contemporary work arguing that principles of justice can be viewed as the result of an autonomous choice of free and equal persons.)

  • Rawls, J. (1975) ‘The Independence of Moral Theory’, Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 48: 5–22.

    (Argues for the independence of moral theory from other areas of philosophy.)

  • Rawls, J. (1993) Political Liberalism, New York: Columbia University Press, paperback edition with new material, 1996.

    (Lecture II discusses the role of autonomy in the theory of justice.)

  • Reath, A. (1994) ‘Legislating the Moral Law’, Nous 28: 435–464.

    (Scholarly account of Kant’s concept of autonomy.)

  • Rousseau, J.-J. (1762) Du Contrat social, trans. J.R. Masters, ed. R.D. Masters, On the Social Contract, New York: St Martin’s Press, 1978.

    (Classic social contract theory that gives a central role to the notions of autonomy and self-legislation.)

  • Scanlon, T.M. (1972) ‘A Theory of Freedom of Expression’, Philosophy and Public Affairs 1: 204–206.

    (Develops a theory of free expression based on a conception of autonomy.)

  • Schneewind, J.B. (1986) ‘The Use of Autonomy in Ethical Theory’, in T.C. Heller, M. Sosna and D.E. Wellberry (eds) Reconstructing Individualism, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 64–75.

    (Discussion of autonomy in Butler, Kant and Rawls.)

  • Schneewind, J.B. (1991) ‘Natural Law, Skepticism and Methods of Ethics’, Journal of the History of Ideas 52: 289–308.

    (Shows how eighteenth-century empiricist moral theories developed a morality of autonomy that dispenses with the need for moral authorities of various sorts.)

  • Schneewind, J.B. (1993) ‘Modern Moral Philosophy: From Beginning to End?’, in P. Cook (ed.) Philosophical Imagination and Cultural Memory, Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

    (Accessible overview of the history of early modern ethics, stressing the emergence of autonomy as a central notion.)

Citing this article:
Reath, Andrews. Bibliography. Autonomy, ethical, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-L007-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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