Anti-Perfectionism and Autonomy in an Imperfect World: Comments on Joseph Raz's the Morality of Freedom 30 Years on

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Abstract

There are numerous ways to conceptualize autonomy and to account for its value. Of particular poignancy is the question of whether autonomy has value for those people and cultures that apparently reject liberal principles, otherwise considered. The answer one gives to that question has implications for whether autonomy-based liberalism can or should be seen as a perfectionist political philosophy. I consider these issues by looking again at Joseph Raz's influential account of autonomy and its relation to his liberal perfectionism. I defend a proceduralist, non-perfectionist account of autonomy that, I argue, improves on Raz's original view but in ways that are in keeping with its general spirit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-25
Number of pages21
JournalMoral Philosophy and Politics
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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