Forbidden ways of life

Colburn, B. (2008) Forbidden ways of life. Philosophical Quarterly, 58(233), pp. 618-629. (doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9213.2007.531.x)

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I examine an objection against autonomy-minded liberalism sometimes made by philosophers such as John Rawls and William Galston, that it rules out ways of life which do not themselves value freedom or autonomy. This objection is incorrect, because one need not value autonomy in order to live an autonomous life. Hence autonomy-minded liberalism need not rule out such ways of life. I suggest a modified objection which does work, namely that autonomy-minded liberalism must rule out ways of life that could not develop under an autonomy-promoting education. I conclude by suggesting some reasons why autonomy-minded liberals should bite the bullet and accept this.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Colburn, Professor Ben
Authors: Colburn, B.
Subjects:J Political Science > JC Political theory
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Philosophical Quarterly
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1467-9213
Published Online:01 September 2007
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2008 Oxford University Press
First Published:First published in Philosophical Quarterly 58(223):618-629
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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