Peter Vallentyne

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195376692
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

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Libertarianism is a family of theories of justice, each member of which is committed to full self-ownership and certain moral powers to acquire property rights in natural resources and other unowned resources. Right libertarianism imposes no or very weak distributive constraints on the moral powers of appropriation, whereas left-libertarianism imposes certain egalitarian constraints on these powers. This article discusses and defends left-libertarianism. The goal is to motivate left-libertarianism rather than to attempt a conclusive argument for it.

Keywords: left-libertarianism; justice theory; self-ownership; moral powers; property rights; egalitarianism

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy

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