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Title:
Autonomy, Freedom and Rights A Critique of Liberal Subjectivity
Author:
Santoro, Emilio. author.
ISBN:
9789401708234
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Physical Description:
X, 294 p. online resource.
Series:
Law and Philosophy Library, 65
Contents:
1. Individual Autonomy and Freedom -- 2. A Genealogical Approach -- 3. Neo-Contractarianism and the Double Order of Desires -- Conclusion -- References.
Abstract:
Autonomy, viewed as a subject's autonomous designing of her own distinctive 'individuality', is not a constitutive problem for liberal theory. Since its earliest formulations, liberalism has taken it for granted that protecting rights is a sufficient guarantee for the primacy of individual subjectivity. The most dangerous legacy of the 'hierarchical-dualist' representation of the subject is the primacy given to reason in defining an individual's identity. For Santoro freedom is not a fixed measure. It is not the container of powers and rights defining an individual's role and identity. It is rather the outcome of a process whereby individuals continuously re-define the shape of their individuality. Freedom is everything that each of us manages to be in his or her active and uncertain opposition to external 'pressures'.
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For the author freedom is not a fixed measure. It is not the container of powers and rights defining an individual's role and identity. It is rather the outcome of a process whereby individuals continuously re-define the shape of their individuality. Freedom is everything that each of us manages to be in his or her active and uncertain opposition to external 'pressures'.


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