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Autonomy, Oppression, and Gender

Andrea Veltman and Mark Piper


This collection of new essays examines philosophical issues at the intersection of feminism and autonomy studies. Are autonomy and independence useful goals for women and subordinate persons? Is autonomy possible in contexts of social subordination and oppression? Is the pursuit of desires that issue from patriarchal norms consistent with autonomous agency? How should we understand the concepts of relational autonomy and adaptive preferences? How do emotions and caring relate to autonomous deliberation? Contributors to this collection answer these and related questions, advancing central debat ... More

Keywords: Autonomy, oppression, gender, women, feminism, agency, relational autonomy, subordination, adaptive preferences, values

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199969104
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199969104.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Veltman, editor
James Madison University

Mark Piper, editor
James Madison University

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1 Introduction

Andrea Veltman and Mark Piper

Part I Autonomy and Independence

2 Three Dimensions of Autonomy

Catriona Mackenzie

Part II Autonomy and Normative Commitments

Part III Autonomy, Reasons, and Care

9 Autonomy and Self-Care

Andrea C. Westlund

Part IV Autonomy, Oppression, and Adaptive Preferences

10 Coping or Oppression

John Christman

Part V Autonomy in Social Contexts

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