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Left‐Libertarianism Versus Liberal Egalitarianism

Michael Otsuka

in Libertarianism without Inequality

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780199243952
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598142 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199243956.003.0007
 Left‐Libertarianism Versus Liberal Egalitarianism

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Explains why Lockean voluntarism, even when remedied of the problems discussed in Ch. 5, might be criticized by liberal egalitarians on the following grounds: it allows for the legitimacy of highly illiberal or inegalitarian political societies. Argues that such illiberal or inegalitarian societies would in fact be legitimized by the actual consent of their members when freely given in circumstances of equality. Therefore defends a voluntaristic, left‐libertarian account of political legitimacy that differs in crucial respects from the hypothetical contract approaches of liberal‐egalitarian Kantians such as John Rawls and Thomas Nagel.

Keywords: consent; hypothetical contract; illiberalism; left‐libertarianism; legitimate political authority; liberal egalitarianism; Thomas Nagel; John Rawls; voluntarism

Chapter.  8702 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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