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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 7 HT09

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 7 HT09
Start Date 2nd Mar 2009 4:30pm
End Date 2nd Mar 2009 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours
Description

Christine Tappolet, (Montreal) 'Personal Autonomy and Self-Control' to be held in the Lecture Room, 10 Merton Street, Oxford - Seminars in Moral Philosophy webpage

Abstract

Personal autonomy is often taken to consist in self-government or self-determination. Personal autonomy thus seems to require self-control. However, there is reason to think that autonomy is compatible with the absence of self-control. Akratic action, i.e., action performed against the agentís better judgement, can be free. And it is also plausible to think that free actions require autonomy. It is only when you determine what you do yourself that you act freely. It follows that akratic actions can be autonomous. At least in some cases, it is the agent herself, and not some alien part of her, who determines her akratic actions. But akratic actions are usually thought to be paradigm cases of self-control failure. Thus, we have reason both to conclude that autonomy requires self-control and that autonomy is compatible with the absence of self-control. My aim is to discuss the main solutions to this paradox. I shall suggest that we have to distinguish autonomy and self-control.

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