Libertarianism Without Inequality

ISBN-10: 0199280185
ISBN-13: 9780199280186
Edition: 2005
Authors: Michael Otsuka
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Description: Michael Otsuka sets out 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. Otsuka reclaims the ideas of John  More...

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List price: $53.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/18/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.14" wide x 9.21" long x 0.39" tall
Weight: 0.594

Michael Otsuka sets out 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. Otsuka reclaims the ideas of John Locke from the libertarian right, and shows how his Second Treatise of Government provides the theoretical foundations for a left-libertarianism which is both more libertarian and more egalitarian than the Kantian liberal theories of John Rawls and Thomas Nagel. Otsuka's libertarianism is founded on a right of self-ownership. Here he is at one with 'right-wing' libertarians, such as Robert Nozick, in endorsing the highly anti-paternalistic and anti-moralistic implications of this right. But he parts company with these libertarians in so far as he argues that such a right is compatible with a fully egalitarian principle of equal opportunity for welfare. In embracing this principle, his own version of left-libertarianism is more strongly egalitarian than others which are currently well known. Otsuka argues that an account of legitimate political authority based upon the free consent of each is strengthened by the adoption of such an egalitarian principle. He defends a pluralistic, decentralized ideal of political society as a confederation of voluntary associations. Part I of Libertarianism without Inequality concerns the natural rights of property in oneself and the world. Part II considers the natural rights of punishment and self-defence that form the basis for the government's authority to legislate and punish. Part III explores the nature and limits of the powers of governments which are created by the consensual transfer of the natural rights of the governed. Libertarianism without Inequality is a book which everyone interested in political theory should read.

libertarianism Without Inequality
Libertarianism Without Inequality
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Self-Ownership and World-Ownership
Self-Ownership and Equality
Making the Unjust Provide for the Disabled
Punishment and Self-Defence
the Right to Punish
Killing the Innocent in Self-Defence
Political Society
Political Society as a Voluntary Association
Left-Libertarianism Versus Liberal Egalitarianism
the Problem of Intergenerational Sovereignty
Bibliography
Index

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