This article attempts to carve a path between the two sides in this autonomy war. It begins by bringing into dialogue with each other four of the most influential legal philosophers of our day: Joseph Raz, Ronald Dworkin, John Finnis, and Robert George. Each of these four scholars makes bold and instructive claims about the value and limits of personal autonomy. The article then examines several different areas of state law where one might expect a principle of autonomy to be implicated, and articulates six important lessons that one can glean from state law about the relationship between personal autonomy and other human goods.
Adam J. Macleod,
The Mystery of Life in the Laboratory of Democracy: Personal Autonomy in State Law,
59 Clev. St. L. Rev.
available at http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/clevstlrev/vol59/iss4/6