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Autonomy, Rationality, and Contemporary Bioethics

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ISBN: 9780198858584 Year: Pages: 298 DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198858584.001.0001 Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press Grant: Wellcome Trust - 086041
Subject: Biology
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Personal autonomy is often lauded as a key value in contemporary Western bioethics, and the claim that there is an important relationship between autonomy and rationality is often treated as an uncontroversial claim in this sphere. Yet, there is also considerable disagreement about how we should cash out the relationship between rationality and autonomy. In particular, it is unclear whether a rationalist view of autonomy can be compatible with legal judgments that enshrine a patient’s right to refuse medical treatment, regardless of whether “. . . the reasons for making the choice are rational, irrational, unknown or even non-existent”. In this book, I bring recent philosophical work on the nature of rationality to bear on the question of how we should understand autonomy in contemporary bioethics. In doing so, I develop a new framework for thinking about the concept, one that is grounded in an understanding of the different roles that rational beliefs and rational desires have to play in personal autonomy. Furthermore, the account outlined here allows for a deeper understanding of different form of controlling influence, and the relationship between our freedom to act, and our capacity to decide autonomously. I contrast my rationalist with other prominent accounts of autonomy in bioethics, and outline the revisionary implications it has for various practical questions in bioethics in which autonomy is a salient concern, including questions about the nature of informed consent and decision-making capacity.

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bioethics --- autonomy --- rationality

Experiments in self-determination: Histories of the outstation movement in Australia

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ISBN: 9781925022896 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_605752 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Ethnology --- Sociology --- History --- Medicine (General)
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Outstations, which dramatically increased in numbers in the 1970s, are small, decentralised and relatively permanent communities of kin established by Aboriginal people on land that has social, cultural or economic significance to them. In 2015 they yet again came under attack, this time as an expensive lifestyle choice that can no longer be supported by state governments. Yet outstations are the original, and most striking, manifestation of remote-area Aboriginal people’s aspirations for self-determination, and of the life projects by which they seek, and have sought, autonomy in deciding the meaning of their life independently of projects promoted by the state and market. They are not simply projects of isolation from outside influences, as they have sometimes been characterised, but attempts by people to take control of the course of their lives. In the sometimes acrimonious debates about outstations, the lived experiences, motivations and histories of existing communities are missing. For this reason, we invited a number of anthropological witnesses to the early period in which outstations gained a purchase in remote Australia to provide accounts of what these communities were like, and what their residents’ aspirations and experiences were. Our hope is that these closer-to-the-ground accounts provide insight into, and understanding of, what Indigenous aspirations were in the establishment and organisation of these communities.

Farewell to Freedom

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ISBN: 9781911534600 9781911534600 9781911534624 9781911534631 Year: Pages: 218 DOI: 10.16997/book15 Language: English
Publisher: University of Westminster Press
Subject: Political Science --- Philosophy --- History --- Linguistics
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Understandings of freedom are often discussed in moral, theological, legal and political terms, but they are not often set in a historical perspective, and they are even more rarely considered within their specific language context. From Homeric poems to contemporary works, the author traces the words that express the various notions of freedom in Classical Greek, Latin, and medieval and modern European idioms. Examining writers as varied as Plato, Aristotle, Luther, La Boétie, Hobbes, Rousseau, Kant, Stirner, Nietzsche, and Foucault among others, this theoretical mapping shows old and new boundaries of the horizon of freedom. The book suggests the possibility of transcending these boundaries on the basis of a different theorization of human interactions, which constructs individual and collective subjects as processes rather than entities. This construction shifts and disseminates the very locus of freedom, whose vocabulary would be better recast as a relational middle path between autonomous and heteronomous alternatives.

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individual --- theology --- mastery --- liberty --- autonomy --- freedom

A Time Bomb Lies Buried

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Book Series: SSGM Monograph ISBN: 9781921313615 Year: Pages: 106 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_459739 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Political Science --- History
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A Time Bomb Lies Buried discusses the debates which took place in Suva and London as well as the politics and processes which led Fiji to independence in 1970 after 96 years of colonial rule. It provides an essential background to understanding the crises and convulsions which have haunted Fiji ever since in its search for a constitutional settlement for its multiethnic population.

Networked Governance of Freedom and Tyranny

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ISBN: 9781921862762 Year: Pages: 365 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_459392 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Political Science
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This book offers a new approach to the extraordinary story of Timor-Leste. The Indonesian invasion of the former Portuguese colony in 1975 was widely considered to have permanently crushed the Timorese independence movement. Initial international condemnation of the invasion was quickly replaced by widespread acceptance of Indonesian sovereignty. But inside Timor-Leste various resistance networks maintained their struggle, against all odds. Twenty-four years later, the Timorese were allowed to choose their political future and the new country of Timor-Leste came into being in 2002. This book presents freedom in Timor-Leste as an accomplishment of networked governance, arguing that weak networks are capable of controlling strong tyrannies. Yet, as events in Timor-Leste since independence show, the nodes of networks of freedom can themselves become nodes of tyranny. The authors argue that constant renewal of liberation networks is critical for peace with justice – feminist networks for the liberation of women, preventive diplomacy networks for liberation of victims of war, village development networks, civil society networks. Constant renewal of the separation of powers is also necessary. A case is made for a different way of seeing the separation of powers as constitutive of the republican ideal of freedom as non-domination. The book is also a critique of realism as a theory of international affairs and of the limits of reforming tyranny through the centralised agency of a state sovereign. Reversal of Indonesia’s 1975 invasion of Timor-Leste was an implausible accomplishment. Among the things that achieved it was principled engagement with Indonesia and its democracy movement by the Timor resistance. Unprincipled engagement by Australia and the United States in particular allowed the 1975 invasion to occur. The book argues that when the international community regulates tyranny responsively, with principled engagement, there is hope for a domestic politics of nonviolent transformation for freedom and justice. John Braithwaite and Hilary Charlesworth work in the Centre for International Justice and Governance, Regulatory Institutions Network, The Australian National University. Adérito Soares is the Anti-Corruption Commissioner for Timor-Leste.

Der Regenwald ist unser Haus - die Orang Rimba auf Sumatra zwischen Autonomie und Fremdbestimmung

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Book Series: Göttinger Beiträge zur Ethnologie ISBN: 9783863950811 Year: Pages: 234 DOI: 10.17875/gup2012-412 Language: German
Publisher: Universitätsverlag Göttingen
Subject: Ethnology --- Sociology --- Social Sciences
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Für die Orang Rimba auf Sumatra ist der Regenwald eine Welt, die nicht nur von Tieren, sondern auch von Göttern und Geistern bevölkert ist und ihre eigenen Gesetze besitzt. Er bildet die Lebenswelt der Orang Rimba, die durch Abholzung und Plantagenwirtschaft bedroht ist. Das Buch basiert auf einer 15 monatigen ethnologischen Feldforschung (zwischen 2003 und 2005) der Autorin bei diesen Waldbewohnern. Sie untersucht, wie durch Interaktionen mit verschiedenen Akteuren, vor allem dem indonesischen Staat und Nicht-Regierungsorganisationen – sie alle haben Interesse am Wald als wirtschaftliche Ressource oder Schutzgebiet –, verschiedene Identitäten der Orang Rimba hervorgebracht werden. Die Arbeit setzt sich detailliert mit der Selbstdarstellung der Orang Rimba auseinander und vergleicht sie mit verschiedenen Fremdperspektiven externer Akteure auf diese nicht sesshafte Gruppe. Diskurse über Wald als gefährliche Wildnis oder Schutzgebiet bestimmen auch die Zukunft und die Handlungsfähigkeit der Orang Rimba, sei es als marginalisierte Minderheit oder selbstbestimmte Regenwaldbewohner.

La autonomía universitaria en Madrid (1919-1922). Estudio histórico-jurídico

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Book Series: Historia de las Universidades ISSN: 18860710 ISBN: 9788499829272 Year: Volume: 27 Pages: 549 Language: Spanish
Publisher: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Figuerola Institute of Social Science History
Subject: History
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El modelo de universidad diseñado en la primera mitad del siglo XIX se ajustaba a criterios de centralidad: era un instrumento al servicio del Estado, y estaba controlado y sostenido íntegramente por éste. Las universidades carecían de recursos propios y era patente el desinterés general del Estado por el ámbito de la cultura. Esta situación prolongada en el tiempo llevó a una esclerotización de las universidades españolas a finales del siglo XIX. Entre los diversos intentos de regenerar el país, se pensó que las universidades debían convertirse en instrumentos óptimos de renovación cultural y de modernización de España. Por ello, frente al rígido centralismo que regía buena parte del gobierno de la Administración, se promovieron distintas formas de autonomía que permitieran una más dinámica gestión de lo público. Se habló mucho de autonomía política y, en el ámbito de las universidades, se promovió la búsqueda de la autonomía universitaria. Entre los numerosos intentos de lograrla, este libro estudia el más ambicioso de todos: la conocida como Reforma Silió, emprendida por el ministro de Instrucción Pública y Bellas Artes César Silió, entre 1919 y 1922. El autor estudia la situación de la universidad española en 1919, la gestación de aquella reforma y su acogida en la Universidad Central; los trabajos preparatorios de la comisión del estatuto y más tarde los del claustro, que sirvieron para preparar el primer estatuto de autonomía de la Universidad; y, más adelante, el desarrollo legislativo de la reforma y la aprobación de los estatutos en la segunda etapa del ministerio de Silió. A partir de abundante documentación de archivo de aquella Universidad, se estudian todos los pasos que se dieron en la Universidad Central para constituirla en universidad autónoma. Y la obra concluye con el estudio de la suspensión de aquella autonomía, decidida por el ministro de Instrucción Pública Tomás Montejo. En un apéndice documental se recoge una valiosa relación de documentos relacionados con la Reforma Silió y con su intento de implantación en la Universidad Central.

Difficult Folk?

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ISBN: 9781845454500 9781785336638 9781785336638 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Berghahn Books Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101647
Subject: Anthropology
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How should we tell the histories of academic disciplines? All too often, the political and institutional dimensions of knowledge production are lost beneath the intellectual debates. This book redresses the balance. Written in a narrative style and drawing on archival sources and oral histories, it depicts the complex pattern of personal and administrative relationships that shape scholarly worlds. Focusing on the field of social anthropology in twentieth-century Britain, this book describes individual, departmental and institutional rivalries over funding and influence. It examines the efforts of scholars such as Bronislaw Malinowski, Edward Evans-Pritchard and Max Gluckman to further their own visions for social anthropology. Did the future lie with the humanities or the social sciences, with addressing social problems or developing scholarly autonomy? This new history situates the discipline's rise within the post-war expansion of British universities and the challenges created by

Énergies nouvelles, territoires autonomes ?

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ISBN: 9782858312788 DOI: 10.4000/books.pressesinalco.17363 Language: French
Publisher: Presses de l’Inalco
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Londres, Aberdeen, Malmö, l’Allemagne, le Japon… autant de cas qui illustrent la diversité des approches retenues par les acteurs locaux pour jouer un rôle dans la transformation des systèmes énergétiques. En s’appuyant sur la géographie, la science politique, l’histoire, l’architecture, le droit, cet ouvrage collectif illustre combien la libéralisation du secteur de l’énergie engagée non seulement en Europe mais aussi hors d’Europe a conduit à une recomposition des partenariats entre les acteurs publics locaux, les États et le secteur privé. Si la montée en puissance des énergies renouvelables n’a pour autant pas (encore ?) offert une nouvelle chance aux utopies d’un habitat ou d’un territoire totalement autonome, elle a en revanche ouvert un large éventail de possibilités aux territoires. Projets citoyens, initiatives privées, stratégies publiques concourent à un renouvellement des pratiques et donnent lieu à des innovations susceptibles de toucher la forme des villes et l’économie de leur territoire sans oublier la production architecturale appelée à se refonder. On peut cependant s’interroger. Dans un monde fondé sur l’échange, la circulation, les réseaux, l’aspiration à l’autonomie énergétique n’est-elle pas un anachronisme ? La multiplicité des innovations locales change-t-elle radicalement la donne quant à l’équilibre des pouvoirs et des rapports de force entre États et acteurs locaux ? La question invite à appréhender la décentralisation énergétique à différentes échelles. C’est en effet dans l’articulation entre niveaux de gouvernance et dans l’interaction entre acteurs publics et acteurs privés que l’avenir de la transformation des systèmes énergétiques se prépare.

Reconciliation and Architectures of Commitment: Sequencing peace in Bougainville

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ISBN: 9781921666698 Year: Pages: 161 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_459490 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Political Science --- History
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Following a bloody civil war, peace consolidated slowly and sequentially in Bougainville. That sequence was of both a top-down architecture of credible commitment in a formal peace process and layer upon layer of bottom-up reconciliation. Reconciliation was based on indigenous traditions of peacemaking. It also drew on Christian traditions of reconciliation, on training in restorative justice principles and on innovation in womens’ peacebuilding. Peacekeepers opened safe spaces for reconciliation, but it was locals who shaped and owned the peace. There is much to learn from this distinctively indigenous peace architecture. It is a far cry from the norms of a ‘liberal peace’ or a ‘realist peace’. The authors describe it as a hybrid ‘restorative peace’ in which ‘mothers of the land’ and then male combatants linked arms in creative ways. A danger to Bougainville’s peace is weakness of international commitment to honour the result of a forthcoming independence referendum that is one central plank of the peace deal.

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