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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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Self‐Ownership and World Ownership

Self‐Ownership and World Ownership

(p.43) 3 Self‐Ownership and World Ownership
A Political Theory of Rights

Attracta Ingram

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This chapter attempts to lessen the appeal of self-ownership by showing how it counters well-entrenched moral positions. It argues that welfarists should not believe that libertarianism offers either: a compelling case for dismissing welfare rights; or the possibility of an economic constitution which is consonant with the underlying impulse of welfarism. It examines various types of moral ownership of the natural world in relation to self-ownership, the two best known Lockian routes to individual acquisition of resources, and Steiner’s approach which combines self-ownership and equal distribution of raw resources.

Keywords:   libertarianism, self-ownership, welfarism

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