Autonomy Unbound

1st Edition

Paul Barry Clarke

Published July 30, 2018
Reference - 384 Pages
ISBN 9781138607668 - CAT# K388749
Series: Routledge Revivals

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First published in 1999, this volume examines how the question of autonomy has come to be of recent interest in political theory. The author argues that autonomy goes deep into the Western consciousness and is a part of our very mode of being. He suggests that while autonomy is not universal, once tasted it becomes ineradicable. Autonomy runs deeper than is often thought and this book shows that while autonomy is unique to Western consciousness and to democracy, it raises and examines the question as to whether autonomy is either universally necessary or necessary to democracy.


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