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Was bedeutet es, die Autonomie anderer zu respektieren?


Schaber, Peter (2016). Was bedeutet es, die Autonomie anderer zu respektieren? Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosphie (ARSP), 102(2):174-185.

Abstract

To respect the autonomous choices of persons is an important moral principle. There is, however, little agreement about its nature and its normative importance. This is due to the fact that the concept of autonomy as well as the moral relevance of autonomy are contested. It is argued in this paper that the debate about autonomy is at its core a debate about the reasons for respecting decisions. Decisions of persons are to be respected as their decisions, and they have to be respected as determining the deontic properties of situations. This, however, can only be understood against the background of persons having rights over themselves. Their decisions determine the deontic properties as exercises of their rights. Thus, respect for the autonomous choice of persons turns out to be respect for their rights.

Abstract

To respect the autonomous choices of persons is an important moral principle. There is, however, little agreement about its nature and its normative importance. This is due to the fact that the concept of autonomy as well as the moral relevance of autonomy are contested. It is argued in this paper that the debate about autonomy is at its core a debate about the reasons for respecting decisions. Decisions of persons are to be respected as their decisions, and they have to be respected as determining the deontic properties of situations. This, however, can only be understood against the background of persons having rights over themselves. Their decisions determine the deontic properties as exercises of their rights. Thus, respect for the autonomous choice of persons turns out to be respect for their rights.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Language:German
Date:April 2016
Deposited On:10 Feb 2017 09:27
Last Modified:31 May 2017 07:20
Publisher:Steiner, Stuttgart
ISSN:0001-2343
Related URLs:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/fsv/arsp/2016/00000102/00000002/art00001#expand/collapse (Publisher)

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