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The Metaphysics of Autonomy

The Reconciliation of Ancient and Modern Ideals of the Person

The Metaphysics of Autonomy by Mark Coeckelbergh
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If we want to be autonomous, what do we want? The author shows that contemporary value-neutral and metaphysically economical conceptions of autonomy, such as that of Harry Frankfurt, face a serious problem. Drawing on Plato, Augustine, and Kant, this book provides a sketch of how 'ancient' and 'modern' can be reconciled to solve it. But at what expense? It turns out that the dominant modern ideal of autonomy cannot do without a costly metaphysics if it is to be coherent.
Palgrave Macmillan; July 2004
233 pages; ISBN 9780230501812
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Title: The Metaphysics of Autonomy
Author: Mark Coeckelbergh
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