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But we yearn to be moral, and we yearn to be a part of another world, the world of things as they really are. In this world of pure thought, freedom and morality are possible, and we must, to be moral, imitate this other world by acting as autonomously as we can. To reiterate, morality requires freedom, but freedom is not possible in the empirical realm. It is only possible in the rational realm, and hence, to be moral, human beings must strive to be rational. And rationality demands respect for rational self-determination.
The definition of autonomy usually employed in healthcare ethics can be traced back to the eighteenth-century philosophy of Immanuel Kant. He held the view that autonomy means personal self-determination in the light of universal reason. People can, according to his doctrine, be “truly free” only in the realm of rationality. If they yield to their desires, attitudes, or emotions, they reject their autonomy (and their true freedom). Since desires, attitudes, and emotions are a constant factor in our lives, Kant believed that people cannot be perfectly autonomous.
Restrictions of liberty are justified, if freely chosen actions would inflict harm on others. And those who think that recreational drugs diminish the autonomy of persons, can, of course, make their views known, and try to persuade others to share them. But until somebody gives me good grounds for thinking otherwise, my view in this and in similar cases is: Forget autonomy and give me freedom! 8. Discussion This paper was presented in the Fifth International Bioethics Retreat in Almagro, Spain, 3–9 June 2002.