Autonomy

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For an agent to be autonomous, their actions must be a product of their own set of instructions. The coherentist approach to autonomy states that an agent governs their actions – and thus acts autonomously – if, and only if, their motives adhere with some internal logic, set of rules or beliefs defined by that actor. As long as the agent acts in a way that is in agreement with their own beliefs, desires, and logic, then they can be said to be acting autonomously. Added to this, the set of instructions under which an actor is operating must also be based on sound reasoning. Actors do not truly govern themselves unless the motives or mental processes that produce their actions are responsive to a sufficiently wide range of reasons for or against a particular belief, value or action.

2016-10-17T16:51:11+00:00