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Bodily Relational Autonomy
Uppsala University, The Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences (SCASSS).
2014 (English)In: Journal of consciousness studies, ISSN 1355-8250, Vol. 21, no 9-10, 100-120 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Conceptions of autonomy in western philosophy and ethics have often centred on self-governance and self-determination. However, a growing bulk of literature also questions such conceptions, including the understanding of the autonomous self as a self-governing independent individual that chooses, acts, and lives in accordance with her or his own values, norms, or sense of sell This article contributes to the critical interrogation of selfhood, autonomy, and autonomous decision making by combining a feminist focus on relational dimensions of selfhood and autonomy with phenomenological philosophy of the embodied self as being-in-the-world. It offers a philosophical investigation of different dimensions of bodily relational autonomy by turning to phenomenological accounts of the lived body as self-reflexive. When so doing, we hope to contribute to bridging the gap that sometimes exists between discussions of autonomy in analytic moral philosophy and of freedom and facticity in phenomenological philosophy. We see this gap as unfortunate, and hold that a nuanced understanding of autonomy and autonomous decision making can be reached if these strands of philosophy are brought into dialogue.

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2014. Vol. 21, no 9-10, 100-120 p.
Keyword [en]
autonomy, autonomous decision making, embodiment, feminist theory, selfhood, relationality, phenomenology of the body
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-236465ISI: 000342872700005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-236465DiVA: diva2:764529
Available from: 2014-11-19 Created: 2014-11-19 Last updated: 2014-11-19Bibliographically approved

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