Autonomy- A Useful Fiction?

I've talked before at length about autonomy, and it's corollary, paternalism. I've also mentioned some problems with free will, and how we may be able to solve it with compatibilism. Today, I want to tie all of these threads together in light of an article I read in my feminist bioethics class. Autonomy Autonomy is… Continue reading Autonomy- A Useful Fiction?

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Better than we Are

Aristotle was the first (known) philosopher to posit that we can become better people. He thought we could do this by modifying our actions in such a way that acting morally became an unconscious habit, and that we could know what morality was by watching paragons of virtue and imitating them. Now, the interesting things (for today's… Continue reading Better than we Are

When Freedom is not Free

We've been talking a lot about freedom, whether or not freedom exists, the freedom to exercise one's autonomy, and to be free from paternalistic influences. I've argued in the past that generally speaking individuals should be able to choose the way their lives go, even if others don't agree with their choices, and even if… Continue reading When Freedom is not Free