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This course has two aims.
Firstly, it provides the participants with an introduction to two methods for studying concepts.
Secondly, the course provides an introduction to the some of the philosophical debates that arise when trying to understand the specific concept of autonomy. Although the word "autonomy" is unusual, the concept is commonly used by one's peers and by the state to determine how one lives. Consequently, how it is properly defined has significant political consequences.
Students must complete 5 quizzes and contribute to 2 discussions on the Moodle course forum.
- Understand two methods for doing conceptual analysis (a common philosophical method)
- Understand why it is difficult to provide a politically satisfactory account of autonomy.
- Have gained some practice in providing a reasoned defense of her own views on how autonomy ought to be understood.