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

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1998
Authors/Contributors
Author: Bai, Heesoon
Abstract
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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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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Publication title
Philosophy of Education 1998
Document title
Autonomy reconsidered
Editor
S. Tozer
Publisher
Philosophy of Education Society
Date
1998
First page
95
Last page
101
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Yes
Language
English
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