Autonomy Reconsidered: A Proposal to Abandon the Language of Self- And Other-Control And to Adopt the Language of “Attunement”

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Bai, H. (1998). Autonomy reconsidered. In S. Tozer (Ed.), Philosophy of Education 1998, 95–101. Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society.

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1998
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autonomy
attunement
education
morality
intersubjectivity
Taosim
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In this exploratory essay, I shall question the moral status of the notion of autonomy and its attendant notion of self-control.  I will argue that autonomy as it is usually understood, namely having control over oneself and one's environment, is a morally problematic notion because control implies negation and suppression of the "other" (eveing if the other is none other than aspects of oneself).  I shall further argue that thinking of autonomy not in terms of control but in terms of "attunement" will answer my concerns about autonomy and provide a conceptualization of the more integrated and harmonious moral agency.  What I propose then is a change of our moral vocabulary and its attendant ways of thinking.

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