Self‐Ownership and Equality

Michael Otsuka

in Libertarianism without Inequality

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780199243952
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598142 | DOI:
 Self‐Ownership and Equality

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Delineates the nature of a libertarian right of self‐ownership. Assesses Robert Nozick's claim that taxation is on a par with forced labour. Contends that the most defensible version of the Lockean ‘enough and as good’ proviso calls for acquisition of unowned natural resources that is consistent with equality of opportunity for welfare. Argues, contrary to both Nozick and G. A. Cohen, that a robust right of self‐ownership is compatible with this welfare‐egalitarian proviso across a wide range of circumstances.

Keywords: G. A. Cohen; egalitarianism; equality of opportunity for welfare; forced labour; libertarianism; John Locke; Lockean proviso; Robert Nozick; self‐ownership; taxation

Chapter.  15213 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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