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Accurate Self-Assessment, Autonomous Ignorance, and the Appreciation of Disability

By J.H. Anderson and W. Lux


In their thoughts commentaries on our essay,\ud “Knowing your own strength: Accurate\ud self-assessment as a requirement for personal\ud autonomy,” George Agich, Ruth Chadwick, and\ud Dominic Murphy (2004) provide both criticisms\ud and insights that give us a context in which to\ud clarify further our claim that one’s autonomy is\ud impaired when one is unable to appreciate whether\ud one has the capacities required for tasks one is\ud undertaking. We focus on two issues: the extent\ud to which our account of autonomy suggests a\ud problematically “externalist” or “objective” approach\ud and the issue of whether our talk of\ud accurate self-assessment entails an overdemanding\ud requirement that one know numerous facts\ud about oneself to count as autonomous

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Year: 2004
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