Freedom and Autonomy 2019

Country: United Kingdom

City: London

Abstr. due: 08.03.2019

Dates: 06.06.19 — 07.06.19

Area Of Sciences: Philosophy; Political science;

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Organizers: Department of Philosophy, Birkbeck College, University of London


Autonomy and freedom are core moral and political values, and debates concerning their nature and application continue to have wide-ranging implications for normative philosophy. 

This conference, the third in an annual series, aims to bring together a wide range of researchers working on autonomy and freedom as topics in moral, social and political philosophy. We invite submissions on any of the following themes:

-  The nature, value and measurement of freedom;

-  The relationship between moral, personal and political autonomy;

-  Freedom and autonomy in the social contract tradition;

-  The role of freedom and autonomy in the justification of rights;

-  The epistemic conditions of autonomy;

-  Coercion, force and voluntariness;

-  The role of the emotions in accounts of freedom and autonomy;

-  Freedom and capabilities;

-  The limits of freedom and autonomy (e.g. in contexts of punishment, education, health, etc.);

-  Threats to freedom and autonomy (e.g. coercion, paternalism, deception, manipulation, nudges, etc.);

-  Critiques of specific accounts of freedom (e.g. positive, negative, republican) and autonomy (e.g. procedural, substantive, relational, hierarchical, perfectionist);

-  Critiques of contemporary authors (e.g. Carter, Christman, Dworkin, Frankfurt, Friedman, Kramer, Korsgaard, Mele, Meyers, O’Neill, Oshana, Pettit, Raz, Stoljar);

-  Connections between freedom and autonomy and other related concepts, such as equality, identity, responsibility, toleration, well-being, volition, agency, selfhood, independence, self-determination, and so on.

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