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Constructing Harm from Natural Rights

Jethro K. Lieberman

in Liberalism Undressed

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199919840
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980376 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199919840.003.0002
Constructing Harm from Natural Rights

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This chapter investigates the claims of natural rights theorists, in particular John Locke and Robert Nozick, that a liberal state can be derived from natural rights. These theorists conclude that the state’s central role is to reduce, eliminate, or redress harm, but they do not deal with the nature of harm except abstractly.

Keywords: good; harm; ignorance; Locke; Nozick; property; protective association

Chapter.  8985 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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