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The Autonomous Animal: Self-Governance and the Modern Subject

Claire E. Rasmussen


Autonomy is a vital concept in much of modern theory, defining the Subject as capable of self-governance. Democratic theory relies on the concept of autonomy to provide justification for participatory government and the normative goal of democratic governance, which is to protect the ability of the individual to self-govern. Offering an examination of the concept of autonomy from a postfoundationalist perspective, the book analyzes how the ideal of self-governance has shaped everyday life. The text begins by considering the academic terrain of autonomy, then it focuses on specific examples of ... More

Keywords: autonomy, modern theory, Subject, self-governance, democratic theory, democratic governance, postfoundationalist perspective, body

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816669561
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816669561.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claire E. Rasmussen, author
Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Delaware

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