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Personale Autonomie als praktische Autorität


Seidel, C (2011). Personale Autonomie als praktische Autorität. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, 59(6):897-915.

Abstract

Autonomy and authority are often regarded as opposites. In this paper, I argue that autonomy
should be conceived of as a specific form of (practical) authority and that this perspective is
useful for identifying the conditions of personal autonomy. I will first highlight some structural
analogies in the functioning of the concepts AUTONOMY and AUTHORITY and explain the resulting
constraints on accounts of personal autonomy. I will then show that the problems of certain internalist and externalist accounts of autonomy are rooted in a false understanding of the foundation on which the authority that is characteristic of autonomy rests. To conclude, I present an account in which this foundation is given by a person’s maturity (Mündigkeit), defensiveness (Wehrhaftigkeit) and participation (Mitsprache): Thus, a person is autonomous to the extent that she can cope with her own affairs, can defend herself against external encroachments and can participate in common affairs.

Abstract

Autonomy and authority are often regarded as opposites. In this paper, I argue that autonomy
should be conceived of as a specific form of (practical) authority and that this perspective is
useful for identifying the conditions of personal autonomy. I will first highlight some structural
analogies in the functioning of the concepts AUTONOMY and AUTHORITY and explain the resulting
constraints on accounts of personal autonomy. I will then show that the problems of certain internalist and externalist accounts of autonomy are rooted in a false understanding of the foundation on which the authority that is characteristic of autonomy rests. To conclude, I present an account in which this foundation is given by a person’s maturity (Mündigkeit), defensiveness (Wehrhaftigkeit) and participation (Mitsprache): Thus, a person is autonomous to the extent that she can cope with her own affairs, can defend herself against external encroachments and can participate in common affairs.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:08 University Research Priority Programs > Ethics
Dewey Decimal Classification:170 Ethics
Language:German
Date:2011
Deposited On:22 Feb 2012 12:40
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:26
Publisher:Akademie-Verlag
ISSN:0012-1045
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1524/dzph.2011.0072

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