Call for papers

Call for papers

Personal Autonomy: From Practice to Theory

A Theoria special issue on personal autonomy.

Guest editors: Jesper Ahlin Marceta, jahli /a/, (KTH Royal Institute of Technology), and Niklas Juth, niklas.juth /a/, (Karolinska Institutet)

Deadline for submission: January 11, 2021

In recent decades, the notion of personal autonomy has become central to moral analysis in many areas in applied ethics and political philosophy. Some of the most important conceptual work on the notion has been motivated by practical concerns. For instance, principlism as a theory of biomedical ethics has its roots in investigations of practical concerns in biomedicine. It has drawn theorists’ attention to the concept of decision-making capacity, thus stimulating theoretical development. Practice has informed theory.

This special issue of Theoria aims to stimulate the input from practice to theory in moral analysis. What can ethical and political theorists learn from practical considerations relating to personal autonomy?

There are many examples of how theoretical analyses of personal autonomy can be stimulated accordingly. Consider, for instance, insights from sociology about how social influences affect decision-making, from economics about irrationality and preference-ordering, and from biology about the effects of genetic disposition on character development; experts in these and other relevant research areas are encouraged to contribute to the issue. To further advance the scholarly debate on personal autonomy, conceptual innovations and novel applications of established theories are also appreciated.

All submitted articles should be written in English and will be subject to double-blind review. For submission guidelines, please visit: homepage/forauthors.html

This open call is also published on the Theoria website: open_calls_for_papers