The Theory and Practice of Autonomy


The Theory and Practice of Autonomy

This important new book develops a new concept of autonomy. The notion of autonomy has emerged as central to contemporary moral and political philosophy, particularly in the area of applied ethics. Professor Dworkin examines the nature and value of autonomy and used the concept to analyze various practical moral issues such as proxy consent in the medical context, paternalism, and entrapment by law enforcement officials.


 Reviews:

"This is a stimulating, controversial, and often witty book. The theoretical discussions are lucid; the chapters on practical problems are refreshingly sensitive to the intransigence of moral dilemmas. Most exciting of all is the final chapter, where Dworkin makes brief yet tantalizing reference to further themes, which we must hope he will soon explore in greater depth." The Times Higher Education Supplement

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