Autonomy, Oppression, and Gender

Paperback | August 13, 2014

EditorAndrea Veltman, Mark Piper

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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? Is the pursuit of desires that issue frompatriarchal norms consistent with autonomous agency? How do emotions and caring relate to autonomous deliberation? Contributors to this collection answer these questions and others, advancing central debates in autonomy theory by examining basic components, normative commitments, and applications ofconceptions of autonomy. Several chapters look at the conditions necessary for autonomous agency and at the role that values and norms - such as independence, equality, inclusivity, self-respect, care and femininity - play in feminist theories of autonomy. Whereas some contributing authors focus on dimensions of autonomythat are internal to the mind - such as deliberative reflection, desires, cares, emotions, self-identities and feelings of self-worth - several authors address social conditions and practices that support or stifle autonomous agency, often answering questions of practical import. These include suchquestions as: What type of gender socialization best supports autonomous agency and feminist goals? When does adapting to severely oppressive circumstances, such as those in human trafficking, turn into a loss of autonomy? How are ideals of autonomy affected by capitalism? and How do conceptions ofautonomy inform issues in bioethics, such as end-of-life decisions, or rights to bodily self-determination?

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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? Is the pursuit of desires that issue frompatriarchal norms consistent with autonomous a...

Andrea Veltman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at James Madison University. She works in ethical and political philosophy with a current research focus on labor and work. In addition to publishing articles in feminist ethics and in the history of philosophy, she has edited Social and Political Philosophy (Oxford) and co-edited "O...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:August 13, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Andrea Veltman and Mark Piper: IntroductionI. Autonomy and Independence2. Catriona Mackenzie: Three Dimensions of Autonomy: A Relational Analysis3. Marilyn Friedman: Relational Autonomy and Independence4. Nancy Hirschmann: Autonomy? Or Freedom? A Return to Psychoanalytic TheoryII. Autonomy and Normative Commitments5. Paul Benson: Feminist Commitments and Relational Autonomy6. Diana Tietjens Meyers: The Feminist Debate over Values in Autonomy Theory7. Marina Oshana: A Commitment to Autonomy Is a Commitment to FeminismIII. Autonomy, Reasons, and Care8. Christine Tappolet: Emotions, Reasons and Autonomy9. Andrea Westlund: Autonomy and Self-CareIV. Autonomy, Oppression and Adaptive Preferences10. John Christman: Coping or Oppression: Autonomy and Adaptation to Circumstance11. Natalie Stoljar: Autonomy and Adaptive Preference FormationV. Autonomy in Social Contexts12. Mark Piper: Raising Daughters: Autonomy, Feminism and Gender Socialization13. Andrea Veltman: Autonomy and Oppression at Work14. Anita Superson: The Right to Bodily Autonomy and the Abortion Controversy15. Anita Ho: Autonomy and Ableism