Antinomies of Autonomy: German Idealism and English Mental Health Law

The current state of mental health law in England and Wales exhibits a set of systematic antinomies. This should not be seen as a flaw of the legislation; the antinomies in law reflect an underlying antinomial structure at work where the vocations of care are practiced and regulated in a broadly liberal legal environment.

The aim of this paper is to identify these antinomial structures and to deploy resources from the post-Kantian idealist tradition to diagnose them and to consider how they might be managed.

Authors

Martin, W.

How to cite this document:

  • Martin, W.

(2011) Antinomies of Autonomy: German Idealism and English Mental Health Law. Internationales Jahrbuch des Deutschen Idealismus/International Yearbook of German Idealism, 9: 191-213.