Chapter

Principles of Self‐Government

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/10.1093/0198279639.003.0008
 Principles of Self‐Government

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The previous chapter identified various norms of autonomy-regarding conversation, and applied these to criticise the doctrine that proclaims self-ownership as the basis of the state. This chapter aims to replace the unsatisfactory principle of self-ownership with the principle of self-government. It argues that each individual is the morally rightful governor of her own person and powers, and is therefore free to make her own life as long as she does not engaged in acts that hinder others from pursuing their independent lives.

Keywords: self-ownership; self-government; autonomy

Chapter.  9411 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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