Liberty, Equality, and Property

Andrew Williams

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Liberty, Equality, and Property


This article describes the influence of under-acknowledged assumptions about property rights, akin to those more frequently associated with John Rawls' foremost libertarian critic, Robert Nozick, on the debate concerning liberty and equality. It shows that Nozick's challenge to egalitarians has played an important role in Ronald Dworkin's alternative statement of liberal egalitarianism and indirectly influenced later non-Rawlsian egalitarianisms. The article also discusses Rawls's initial formulation of the so-called luck-sharing project.

Keywords: property rights; John Rawls; Robert Nozick; liberty; equality; liberal egalitarianism; luck-sharing project

Article.  7140 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory

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