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The (Vexed and Contentious) History of Autonomy

August 4, 2010

What looks to be an exciting upcoming part of Essex’s Autonomy Project:

The Essex Autonomy Project is organising an ambitious programme of conferences, workshops and lectures on all aspects of autonomous judgement. One of our aims throughout these events is to foster genuinely interdisciplinary dialogue amongst those working on the theory of autonomy and practioners faced with navigating the issue of autonomy on the ground.

The (Vexed & Contentious) History of Autonomy

A major conference to be held at the Institute of Philosophy, London, 4-5 September 2010 with a distinguished international line-up of speakers.

This event is part of a series interrogating the ideal of self-determination in human affairs. The conference will investigate the turbulent history of the notion of autonomy, from the ancient Greeks to modernity.

The speakers are as follows:

Katerina Deligiorgi (University of Sussex)

Axel Honneth (University of Frankfurt)

Terence Irwin (University of Oxford)

David McNeill (University of Essex)

Frederick Neuhouser (Columbia University)

Thomas Pink (King’s College London)

Robert Pippin (University of Chicago)

John Skorupski (University of St Andrews)

Attendance is free but places are strictly limited and advanced registration is required. To register, please send an e-mail to Helen Cook at

The event will be held at Stewart House in Russell Square. The closest tube station is Russell Square.

To get you thinking about the subject– here’s an aspect of its vexed and contentious history:

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