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Socializing Autonomy

Socializing Autonomy

This project belongs to the following research constellations:

Cultural & Social Critique


Beate Roessler


Staff: Govert den Hartogh, Beate Roessler

Postdoc: Thomas Nys

PhD: Edi ter Laak, Corstin Dieterich


Since the publication of the seminal work by Gerald Dworkin (1970) and Harry Frankfurt (1971) there has been a strong interest in the development of a theory of personal autonomy. The resulting theories form an important contribution to our understanding of human agency. Yet we believe that these contributions are limited by their exclusive focus on the individual agent. The consequence of this individualism is that these theories are inapplicable in a range of contexts in which autonomy can and should play an important role. The aim of this program is to remedy these deficiencies by socializing autonomy. The key intuition behind this program is that the resources provided by the theory of collective intentionality and action make this possible. The program furthers both the theory of autonomy and the theory of collective intentionality and action.


1 dissertation, 1 monograph