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How to Distinguish Autonomy from Integrity
Canadian Journal of Philosophy
  • Carolyn McLeod, The University of Western Ontario
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The article aims to distinguish autonomy from integrity. Unlike integrity, autonomy is mostly a philosophical term of art, one that philosophers use in a myriad of ways: that is, to refer to demonstrating an ability to govern oneself, to acting rationally, to having certain rights, to choosing freely, etc. Autonomy represents a phenomenon with which people do have some experience and on which they could comment in a pre-theoretical way. One might say that while self-governance involves acting on one's desires even if they conflict with what is right, integrity involves avoiding temptation to do anything other than what is right; people with integrity have an uncorrupted character, which is untrue of people with autonomy.

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Carolyn McLeod. "How to Distinguish Autonomy from Integrity" Canadian Journal of Philosophy Vol. 35 Iss. 1 (2005) p. 107 - 134
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