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Libertarianism without Inequality

Michael Otsuka


The aim of this book is to vindicate left‐libertarianism, a political philosophy which combines stringent rights of control over one's own mind, body, and life with egalitarian rights of ownership of the world. The book shows how John Locke's Second Treatise of Government provides the theoretical foundations for a left‐libertarianism that is both more libertarian and more egalitarian than the Kantian liberal theories of John Rawls and Thomas Nagel. The author's libertarianism is founded on a right of self‐ownership. Unlike ‘right‐wing’ libertarians such as Robert Nozick who also endorse such a ... More

Keywords: consent, egalitarianism, equality of opportunity for welfare, left‐libertarianism, legitimate political authority, John Locke, Robert Nozick, John Rawls, self‐ownership, voluntary association

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199243952
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199243956.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Otsuka, author
Department of Philosophy, University College London
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