Libertarianism vs. marxism: Reflections on G. A. Cohen's self-ownership, freedom and equality [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Ethics 2 (1):1-26 (1998)
Self-Ownership, Freedom and Equality is G.A. Cohens attempt to rescue something of the socialist outlook on society from the challenge of libertarianism, which Cohen identifies with the work of Robert Nozick in his famous book, Anarchy, State, and Utopia. Sympathizing with the leading idea that a person must belong to himself, and thus be unavailable for forced redistribution of his efforts, Cohen is at pains to reconcile the two. This cannot be done – they are flatly contrary. Moreover, equality is a nonsense principle, calling for such things as equal distribution of natural resources. But resources, as goods, are not natural: all require work to utilize. The only thing exchanged on markets is services, and estimates of value received are relevantly made only by those party to the exchanges in question. Imposition from above on voluntary exchange can only be socially counterproductive.
|Keywords||autonomy equality freedom liberty Lockean Proviso negative rights positive rights private property self-ownership socialism|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Karl Widerquist (2010). The Physical Basis of Voluntary Trade. Human Rights Review 11 (1):83-103.
Similar books and articles
Peter Vallentyne (1998). Critical Notice of G.A. Cohen’s Self-Ownership, Freedom, and Equality. [REVIEW] Canadian Journal of Philosophy 28:609-626.
Mathias Risse (2004). Does Left-Libertarianism Have Coherent Foundations? Politics, Philosophy and Economics 3 (3):337-364.
Justin Weinberg (1998). Self‐ and World‐Ownership: Rejoinder to Epstein, Palmer, and Feallsanach. Critical Review 12 (3):325-336.
Duncan MacIntosh (2007). Who Owns Me: Me Or My Mother? How To Escape Okin's Problem For Nozick's And Narveson's Theory Of Entitlement. In Malcolm Murray (ed.), Liberty, Games And Contracts: Jan Narveson And The Defense Of Libertarianism. Ashgate.
Michael Otsuka (2005). Libertarianism Without Inequality. Oxford University Press.
Am Feallsanach (1998). Locke and Libertarian Property Rights: Reply to Weinberg. Critical Review 12 (3):319-323.
George G. Brenkert (1998). Self-Ownership, Freedom, and Autonomy. Journal of Ethics 2 (1):27-55.
Michael Pendlebury, Peter Hudson & Darrel Moellendorf (2001). Capitalist Exploitation, Self-Ownership, and Equality. Philosophical Forum 32 (3):207–220.
Tristan Rogers (2010). Self-Ownership, World-Ownership, and Initial Acquisition. Libertarian Papers 2.
Justin Weinberg (1997). Freedom, Self‐Ownership, and Libertarian Philosophical Diaspora. Critical Review 11 (3):323-344.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads95 ( #14,408 of 1,139,956 )
Recent downloads (6 months)7 ( #28,326 of 1,139,956 )
How can I increase my downloads?