Autonomy, Oppression, and Gender

ISBN : 9780199969111

Andrea Veltman; Mark Piper
376 ページ
157 x 234 mm
Studies in Feminist Philosophy Series

This collection of new essays examines philosophical issues at the intersection of feminism and autonomy studies. Are autonomy and independence useful goals for women and subordinate persons? Is autonomy possible in contexts of social subordination? Is the pursuit of desires that issue from patriarchal norms consistent with autonomous agency? How do emotions and caring relate to autonomous deliberation? Contributors to this collection answer these questions and others, advancing central debates in autonomy theory by examining basic components, normative commitments, and applications of conceptions of autonomy. Several chapters look at the conditions necessary for autonomous agency and at the role that values and norms - such as independence, equality, inclusivity, self-respect, care and femininity - play in feminist theories of autonomy. Whereas some contributing authors focus on dimensions of autonomy that are internal to the mind - such as deliberative reflection, desires, cares, emotions, self-identities and feelings of self-worth - several authors address social conditions and practices that support or stifle autonomous agency, often answering questions of practical import. These include such questions as: What type of gender socialization best supports autonomous agency and feminist goals? When does adapting to severely oppressive circumstances, such as those in human trafficking, turn into a loss of autonomy? How are ideals of autonomy affected by capitalism? and How do conceptions of autonomy inform issues in bioethics, such as end-of-life decisions, or rights to bodily self-determination?


1. Introduction
Andrea Veltman and Mark Piper
I. Autonomy and Independence
2. Three Dimensions of Autonomy: A Relational Analysis
Catriona Mackenzie
3. Relational Autonomy and Independence
Marilyn Friedman
4. Autonomy? Or Freedom? A Return to Psychoanalytic Theory
Nancy Hirschmann
II. Autonomy and Normative Commitments
5. Feminist Commitments and Relational Autonomy
Paul Benson
6. The Feminist Debate over Values in Autonomy Theory
Diana Tietjens Meyers
7. A Commitment to Autonomy Is a Commitment to Feminism
Marina Oshana
III. Autonomy, Reasons, and Care
8. Emotions, Reasons and Autonomy
Christine Tappolet
9. Autonomy and Self-Care
Andrea Westlund
IV. Autonomy, Oppression and Adaptive Preferences
10. Coping or Oppression: Autonomy and Adaptation to Circumstance
John Christman
11. Autonomy and Adaptive Preference Formation
Natalie Stoljar
V. Autonomy in Social Contexts
12. Raising Daughters: Autonomy, Feminism and Gender Socialization
Mark Piper
13. Autonomy and Oppression at Work
Andrea Veltman
14. The Right to Bodily Autonomy and the Abortion Controversy
Anita Superson
15. Autonomy and Ableism
Anita Ho


Andrea Veltman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at James Madison University. She works in ethical and political philosophy with a current research focus on labor and work. In addition to publishing articles in feminist ethics and in the history of philosophy, she has edited Social and Political Philosophy (Oxford) and co-edited Oppression and Moral Agency (Special Issue of Hypatia) and Evil, Political Violence and Forgiveness (Rowman & Littlefield). Mark Piper is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at James Madison University. His principal research interests are in normative ethical theory, with a special concentration on the topics of autonomy and well-being. He also has interests in applied ethics and metaethics. He has published articles in numerous anthologies and American and European journals, and is the author of Autonomy: Normative in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.