Analysis 77 (2):292-299 (2017)

John Hadley
Western Sydney University
Libertarians concede that non-autonomous sentient beings pose a problem for their theory. But, while they acknowledge that libertarianism denies non-autonomous sentient beings basic moral rights, libertarians have overlooked how their theory also denies non-autonomous sentient beings basic moral powers. In this article, I show how the libertarian entitlement theory of justice, specifically, the theory for the original acquisition of holdings, denies non-autonomous sentient beings the moral power to originally acquire or make property. Attempts to avoid this problem by appealing to interests or preference autonomy are likely to be unsuccessful.
Keywords Property rights  Animals  Lockean Proviso  Libertarianism  Entitlement theory of justice  Nozick
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DOI 10.1093/analys/anx074
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