This title was first published in 2001. Autonomy and Normativity explores central topics in current philosophical debate, challenging the prevailing post-modern dogma that theory, practice and art are captive to contingent historical foundations by showing how foundational dilemmas are overcome once validity is recognized to reside in self-determination. Through constructive arguments covering the principal topics and controversies in epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics, Autonomy and Normativity demonstrates how truth, right and beauty can retain universal validity without succumbing to the mistaken Enlightenment strategy of seeking foundations for rational autonomy. Presenting a compact, yet comprehensive statement of a powerful and provocative alternative to the reigning orthodoxies of current philosophical debate, Richard Winfield employs Hegelian techniques and focus to object to opponents, and presents a radical and systematic critique of the work of mainstream thinkers including Kant, Rawls, Husserl, Habermas and others. The ramifications for the legitimation of modernity are thoroughly explored, in conjunction with an analysis of the fate of theory, practice and art in the modern world. This book offers an invaluable resource for students of both analytic and continental philosophical traditions, and related areas of law, social theory and aesthetics.

chapter 1


part 2|109 pages


chapter 6|12 pages

Ethical Community without Communitarianism

chapter 9|12 pages

Unity in the Common Law?

chapter 10|18 pages

Friendship, Family and Ethical Community

chapter 11|14 pages

The Unfinished Revolution in Family Law

chapter 12|11 pages

Should the Economy be Democratized?

chapter 13|9 pages

Relativism and Democracy

chapter 14|15 pages

Post-Colonialism and Right

part 3|47 pages


part 4|20 pages