The Metaphysics of Autonomy

The Reconciliation of Ancient and Modern Ideals of the Person

  • Authors
  • Mark Coeckelbergh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mark Coeckelbergh
      Pages 3-18
    3. Mark Coeckelbergh
      Pages 62-86
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Mark Coeckelbergh
      Pages 89-92
    3. Mark Coeckelbergh
      Pages 105-145
    4. Mark Coeckelbergh
      Pages 147-168
    5. Mark Coeckelbergh
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    6. Mark Coeckelbergh
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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 198-222

About this book


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.


autonomy Immanuel Kant Kant metaphysics Plato

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