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A Political Theory of Rights$
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Attracta Ingram

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198279631

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198279639.001.0001

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What Is Self‐Ownership?

What Is Self‐Ownership?

(p.25) 2 What Is Self‐Ownership?
A Political Theory of Rights

Attracta Ingram

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Several writers have argued that there is flexibility in the meaning of property, which allows for a sense of proprietary rights or self-ownership, that is non-libertarian. This chapter argues against non-libertarian self-ownership. Libertarian self-ownership is favoured over other possible conceptions because any partial ownership is inadequate for the task of the doctrine, which is to deny us any ownership of each other. Self-ownership is not very impressive in its response to slavery or political despotism, and has become the main source of the current power problem — the distribution of effective equal power to be in command of our own lives.

Keywords:   libertarian self-ownership, property, moral rights

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