Document Type : Research Paper


1 PhD student in Political Science, University of Tehran

2 Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Tabriz


Autonomy is one of the most important components of modernism which have connection with humanism in the realm of political and moral theories. Two important pillars of the autonomy are believes on intellectual independence of the human subject and also having some ability to fulfill practical goals. However, the assumptions of autonomy have been criticized by different thoughts. One of the most important criticisms to the relation of autonomy especially in recent times is the ethics of care, particularly by referencing to Carol Gilligan's views. By emphasizing the tolerant, dynamic and relational identities that emerge especially in women and their moral and psychological personality, the ethics of care has criticized the conventional notion of modern autonomy specially ethics of justice because of its emphasis on abstract, universal and ultra-contextual bases as male discourse in its nature. Thus, addition to expressing criticisms of the ethics of care on autonomy, this study would analyze the special narrative of ethics of care on the autonomy.   


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