Self‐Ownership and Conscription

Hillel Steiner

in The Egalitarian Conscience

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199281688
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603747 | DOI:
 Self‐Ownership and Conscription

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This essay argues that an exception to Cohen’s understanding of the right of self-ownership might be warranted in some cases of conscription. It considers cases where one is legitimately compelled to perform uncontracted services for others by being forced to rescue them from violations of moral rights. Compensation for such conscription renders it consistent with the right of self-ownership.

Keywords: self-ownership; conscription; Nozick; rights; duties; liberty; freedom; entitlement; power

Chapter.  6302 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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