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date: 22 September 2019

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Autonomy is a key notion in contemporary health care yet also a contentious one. The entry starts by examining various conceptions of autonomy, personal, moral (Kant), and substantive with a view to putting the ideas and ideals that shape them in dialogue with the phenomenological tradition. After a brief presentation of the relevant conceptual innovations introduced by phenomenology, from Brentano and Husserl, and later, Jaspers, the discussion turns to phenomenological trends in psychopathology and more broadly bioethics, in order to identify areas that help with the two guiding questions of this article: whether a phenomenological conception of autonomy is possible and how such a conception might apply to the theory and practice of psychopathology.

Keywords: personal autonomy, moral autonomy, substantive autonomy, Husserl, Brentano, Jaspers, Kant, bioethics

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