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ERIC Number: EJ870001
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Heteronomous Citizenship: Civic Virtue and the Chains of Autonomy
Swaine, Lucas
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v42 n1 p73-93 Feb 2010
In this article, I distinguish personal autonomy from heteronomy, and consider whether autonomy provides a suitable basis for liberalism. I argue that liberal government should not promote autonomy in all its citizens, on the grounds that not all members of liberal democracies require autonomy for a good life. I then outline an alternative option that I call a liberalism of conscience, describing how it better respects heteronomous citizens. I subsequently clarify how a liberalism of conscience is different than, and superior to, autonomy-based versions of liberalism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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