Self‐Ownership and World Ownership

Attracta Ingram

in A Political Theory of Rights

Published in print November 1994 | ISBN: 9780198279631
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599545 | DOI:
 Self‐Ownership and World Ownership

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This chapter attempts to lessen the appeal of self-ownership by showing how it counters well-entrenched moral positions. It argues that welfarists should not believe that libertarianism offers either: a compelling case for dismissing welfare rights; or the possibility of an economic constitution which is consonant with the underlying impulse of welfarism. It examines various types of moral ownership of the natural world in relation to self-ownership, the two best known Lockian routes to individual acquisition of resources, and Steiner’s approach which combines self-ownership and equal distribution of raw resources.

Keywords: libertarianism; self-ownership; welfarism

Chapter.  9115 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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