[SydPhil] Rethinking Autonomy Programme

Anik Waldow anik.waldow at sydney.edu.au
Tue Aug 28 09:23:21 AEST 2018

Workshop Programme:
Rethinking Autonomy

10-11 September, 2018
CCANESA Board Room, Madsen Building (F09), University of Sydney
Organiser: Anik Waldow (anik.waldow at sydney.edu.au<mailto:anik.waldow at sydney.edu.au>)

This workshop will explore a variety of non-Kantian conceptions of autonomy that consider affect and emotional responsiveness as constitutive elements in self-determining agency. To put into perspective the specific way in which deliberation and reflection matter to autonomous agency, we will ask to what extent these capacities are in themselves dependent on the existence of a specific set of emotional dispositions. While the focus of the workshop is put on the early modern context where the Cartesian conception of the self as a thinking thing provides the backdrop for discussions on autonomy, we will branch out from here to investigate the perspective of eighteenth-century female philosophers and their ideas on what it means to be a self-realizing thinker and agent. What is of particular interest in this context is the question of how education can be used to become a “thinking thing” that satisfies the demands of self-realization. This theme complex leads over to reflections on the place of autonomously thinking individuals in civil society and their relationship to autonomy-inhibiting governmental practices.

For the abstracts visit: https://sydney.edu.au/arts/our-research/centres-institutes-and-groups/intellectual-history.html

Monday, 10 September

9.30-10.30: Deborah Brown (UQ): “Individualism and Autonomy in Descartes”

10.30-11.00 Morning Tea

11.00-12.00 Ariane Schneck (Hamburg/Humboldt): “Autonomy and (Self-)Love in Descartes”

12.00-1.00 Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser): “Two Senses of Belonging: Descartes on Thinking”

1.00-2.00 Lunch

2.00-3.00: Catriona Mackenzie (Macquarie): “Wollstonecraft on Autonomy and Equality”

3.00-4.00 Moira Gatens (Sydney): “Spinoza’s Free Citizen Meets Wollstonecraft’s Feminist Republicanism, Or, Freedom from Bondage Through the Transformation of Affect (for Men too!)”

4.00-4.15 Coffee Break
4.15-5.15 Peter Anstey (Sydney): “Political Liberty and the Separation of Powers”

6 pm Dinner at Thairiffic, 224 King Street, Newtown

Tuesday, 11 September

9.00-10.00: Jacqueline Broad (Monash): “Agency and Autonomy in Women’s Devotional Writings of the Early Modern Period”

10.00-11.00 Anik Waldow (Sydney): “What is Humean Autonomy?”

11.00-11.30 Morning Tea

11.30-12.30 Stephen Gaukroger (Sydney): “From Reason to Sensibility to Rationality”

ANIK WALDOW | Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy | School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry
S404, Quadrangle Building A14 | The University of Sydney | NSW | 2006 | Australia
T +61 2 9114 1245 | F +61 2 9351 3918
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