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1 - 3 / 3 2016-04-12Michael Garnett
Birkbeck CollegeIf you have any thoughts, comments or questions about this paper, let me know!
2015-02-01Terence Rajivan Edward
University of ManchesterI have noticed a small literature on Okin's objection to libertarianism. But I question whether this should be discussed under the heading of "Okin's objection". A very similar objection has been around for centuries by Robert Filmer, which the author briefly mentions but does not present. Filmer's objection is now discussed under the heading of the paradox of self-ownership.
It says that, given common knowledge, we cannot endorse both these propositions, which are essential to (standard?) libertarianism:
(1) Each person owns themselves.
(2) Each person owns the products of their labour.
According to Filmer, a person is the product of their parents' labour so they do not own themselves by (2).
Okin's version says that a person is the product of their mother's labour so they do not own themselves. (It seems she does not give a male parent even 0.000001% labour contribution.)
If the focus is mainly on whether a libertarian can say that individuals are self-owners, I feel it is unfair to discus ... (read more)Latest replies:
- Terence Rajivan Edward, 2015-02-04 : Um, a correction, the history is way more complicated than I thought. I looked at the sources and it seems that Robert F... (read more)
- Ian Stuart, 2015-03-09 : As a long-time Anarchist (or libertarian communist) I find the concept of ownership problematic enough without rai... (read more)
University of SzczecinWhat is Anglophone philosophy?
The question is simple enough, but I do now know if there is consensus on the answer.
Three possible answers come to mind:
- Philosophy produced in an English-speaking community.
- Philosophy produced in English.
- Philosophy that is primarily of interest to English-speaking philosophers.
In what follows, I consider Leiter's account of Anglophone philosophy, because his is the only treatment I've come across. While Leiter may not be the foremost authority on this issue, I do not know who is.
Number 4 on Leiter's list is Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, which was not written in English, but which was first published in English translation, thanks to G. E. M. Anscombe. Of course, Wittgenstein was a pivotal figure at Oxford. Yet, I presume that ... (read more)
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