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What Is Self‐Ownership?

Attracta Ingram

in A Political Theory of Rights

Published in print November 1994 | ISBN: 9780198279631
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599545 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198279639.003.0002
 What Is Self‐Ownership?

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Several writers have argued that there is flexibility in the meaning of property, which allows for a sense of proprietary rights or self-ownership, that is non-libertarian. This chapter argues against non-libertarian self-ownership. Libertarian self-ownership is favoured over other possible conceptions because any partial ownership is inadequate for the task of the doctrine, which is to deny us any ownership of each other. Self-ownership is not very impressive in its response to slavery or political despotism, and has become the main source of the current power problem — the distribution of effective equal power to be in command of our own lives.

Keywords: libertarian self-ownership; property; moral rights

Chapter.  6895 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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