This thesis is a critical assessment of procedural theories of autonomy. After explicating the main concepts of procedural theories of autonomy, and addressing objections to them, I critically evaluate structural, historical, and competency theories of procedural autonomy. Assessing whether an agent is autonomous is more complex than meeting a sufficient number of reflective procedures, but also must require feelings of self-worth and the ability to engage in a dialogical exchange of reasons with others. The last chapter provides a case study to evaluate the relative merits of these theories of procedural autonomy.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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