What does ‘autonomy’ mean today? Is the Enlightenment understanding of autonomy still relevant for contemporary challenges? How have the limits and possibilities of autonomy been transformed by recent developments in artificial intelligence and big data, political pressures, intersecting oppressions and the climate emergency? The challenges to autonomy today reach across society with unprecedented complexity, and in this book leading scholars from philosophy, economics, linguistics, literature and politics examine the role of autonomy in key areas of contemporary life, forcefully defending a range of different views about the nature and extent of resistance to autonomy today. These essays are essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the predicament and prospects of one of modernity’s foundational concepts and one of our most widely cherished values.

Chapter 5.6 and 9 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license.

chapter |13 pages


The ends of autonomy

part I|52 pages

Autonomy, philosophy and politics

chapter 2|18 pages

A law unto ourselves

Reclaiming autonomy as mass sovereignty

chapter 3|19 pages

Against the economic view of time

The claim to free time

part III|50 pages

Autonomy, climate and capacity

chapter 7|18 pages

Crip autonomy and external limitations

The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and governmental pandemic management measures on disabled people in the United Kingdom

chapter 8|15 pages

Sustainable freedom

part IV|46 pages

Autonomy, language and power