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How to be a Libertarian without being inegalitarian: English version of ‘Comment être libertarien sans être inégalitaire’

Otsuka, Michael (2006) How to be a Libertarian without being inegalitarian: English version of ‘Comment être libertarien sans être inégalitaire’. Raisons Politiques, 23 (3). pp. 9-22. ISSN 1291-1941 (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to display the main lines of a left-libertarian argument I defend in my book Libertarianism without Inequality. I argue that left-libertarian theory can coherently combine robust rights to self-ownership and egalitarian rights to world-ownership. This allows us to oppose paternalism and consequentialism while defending a strongly egalitarian conception of justice. The model I advocate is one of equality of opportunity for welfare, and I show what justifies this choice. I conclude by clarifying one of the consequences of my theory concerning the legitimacy conditions of political authority: viz. that admitting the existence of illiberal or hierarchical societies is consistent with full respect for people’s status as autonomous, rational agents and for the choices they make in fair circumstances of equality.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.pressesdesciencespo.fr/en/revues/raison...
Additional Information: © 2006 The Author
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2013 14:15
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2013 14:15
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/54196

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