By Andrea Veltman, Mark Piper
This selection of new essays examines philosophical concerns on the intersection of feminism and autonomy stories. Are autonomy and independence necessary pursuits for ladies and subordinate people? Is autonomy attainable in contexts of social subordination? Is the pursuit of wishes that factor from patriarchal norms in step with self sufficient supplier? How do feelings and being concerned relate to independent deliberation? individuals to this assortment solution those questions and others, advancing important debates in autonomy concept via interpreting easy elements, normative commitments, and purposes of conceptions of autonomy. a number of chapters examine the stipulations valuable for independent company and on the function that values and norms -- akin to independence, equality, inclusivity, self-respect, care and femininity -- play in feminist theories of autonomy. while a few contributing authors specialize in dimensions of autonomy which are inner to the brain -- equivalent to deliberative mirrored image, wishes, cares, feelings, self-identities and emotions of self esteem -- numerous authors tackle social stipulations and practices that aid or stifle independent corporation, frequently answering questions of sensible import. those contain such questions as: What form of gender socialization most sensible helps self reliant company and feminist pursuits? whilst does adapting to critically oppressive conditions, equivalent to these in human trafficking, become a lack of autonomy? How are beliefs of autonomy laid low with capitalism? and the way do conceptions of autonomy tell concerns in bioethics, akin to end-of-life judgements, or rights to physically self-determination?
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Within bioethics, autonomy is usually understood as local, that is, as 8 Paul Benson, “Feminist Intuitions and the Normative Substance of Autonomy,” in Personal Autonomy: New Essays on Personal Autonomy and Its Role in Contemporary Moral Philosophy, edited by James Stacey Taylor (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), 124–142; Paul Benson, “Taking Ownership: Authority and Voice in Autonomous Agency,” in Autonomy and the Challenges to Liberalism, edited by J. Christman and J. Anderson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), 101–126; Andrea Westlund, “Rethinking Relational Autonomy,” Hypatia 24:4 (2009): 26–49.
13 2. Why “Relational” Autonomy? Relational theories of autonomy were originally motivated by three central convictions. First, in spite of feminist critiques of autonomy as a masculinist and excessively individualist ideal, it is a mistake for feminists to jettison the value of autonomy because the exercise of some threshold level of self-determination, self-governance, and self-authorization is crucial for women’s emancipation. Second, gender oppression, in different ways in different contexts and to different degrees, constrains women’s abilities to lead self-determining lives and thus can impair their capacities for self-governance and can undermine their sense of being self-authorizing agents.
First, this account of justice assumes that injustice is not just a function of inequality in the distribution of resources; rather, it is also a function of inequalities in opportunities, and in social relations, institutions, norms, and practices. 20 These hierarchies operate at multiple levels within a society, for example within the family and in the context of intimate relationships; in the institutions of civil society, for example in workplaces, educational institutions, hospitals and clinics, religious institutions, clubs, sporting teams, the media (including the Internet); and through the institutions of the state, such as the police force, the army, This third premise is implicit rather than explicit in many accounts of relational autonomy.