1st Edition

Autonomy and Equality Relational Approaches

Edited By Natalie Stoljar, Kristin Voigt Copyright 2022
    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book draws connections and explores important questions at the intersection of the debates about relational autonomy and relational equality. Although these two research areas share several common assumptions and concerns, their connections have not been systematically explored.

    The essays in this volume address theoretical questions at the intersection of relational theories of autonomy and equality and also consider how these theoretical considerations play out in real-world contexts. Several chapters explore possible conceptual links between relational autonomy and equality by considering the role of values—such as agency, non-domination, and self-respect—to which both relational autonomy theorists and relational egalitarians are committed. Others reflect on how debates about autonomy and equality can clarify our thinking about oppression based on race and gender, and how such oppression affects interpersonal relationships.

    Autonomy and Equality: Relational Approaches is the first book to specifically address the relationship between these two research areas. It will be of interest to scholars and graduate students working in social and political philosophy, moral philosophy, and feminist philosophy.

    Chapter 8 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. 

    1. Introduction: A relational turn in political philosophy

    Natalie Stoljar and Kristin Voigt

    2. Relational Equality and the Debate Between Externalist and Internalist Theories of Relational Autonomy

    Catriona Mackenzie

    3. Could Friends of Relational Autonomy be Relational Sufficientarians Rather than Relational Egalitarians?

    Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen

    4. The Wrongs of Relational Inequalities

    Éliot Litalien

    5. Relational Autonomy, Equality, and Self-Respect

    Christian Schemmel

    6. Autonomy, Relational Egalitarianism, and Indignation

    Rebekah Johnston

    7. Regarding Oneself as an Equal

    Natalie Stoljar and Kristin Voigt

    8. How Being Better Off Is Bad for You: Implications for Distribution, Relational Equality and an Egalitarian Ethos

    Carina Fourie

    9. Microaggressions: A Relational Analysis of Harm

    Nabina Liebow

    10. Musical Performance as a Route to Relational Autonomy and Social Equality

    Jonathan Wolff


    Natalie Stoljar is Professor of Philosophy at McGill University, jointly appointed in the Institute for Health and Social Policy. She is co-editor, with Catriona Mackenzie, of Relational Autonomy: Feminist Perspectives on Autonomy, Agency, and the Social Self (2000).

    Kristin Voigt is an Associate Professor at McGill University, jointly appointed in the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the Department of Philosophy.

    "Autonomy and Equality: Relational Approaches brings together 10 new essays by prominent philosophers on the hitherto unexamined yet patent interconnection of relational autonomy and political equality. The volume breaks new ground and constitutes an invaluable contribution to social and political philosophy." -- Marina Oshana, Professor Emerita, University of California, Davis, USA.