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Self-ownership, freedom, and equality

Author: G A Cohen
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press ; [Paris, France] : Maison des Sciences de l'homme, 1995.
Series: Studies in Marxism and social theory.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Defenders of capitalism claim that its inequality is the necessary price of the freedom that it guarantees. In that defense of capitalist inequality, freedom is self-ownership, the right of each person to do as he wishes with himself. The author shows that self-ownership fails to deliver the freedom it promises to secure. He thereby undermines the idea that lovers of freedom should embrace capitalism and the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: G A Cohen
ISBN: 0521471745 9780521471749 0521477514 9780521477512 2735106942 9782735106943 2735106950 9782735106950
OCLC Number: 31867308
Description: x, 277 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction : history, ethics and Marxism --
Robert Nozick and Wilt Chamberlain : how patterns preserve liberty --
Justice, freedom, and market transactions --
Self-ownership, world-ownership, and equality --
Are freedom and equality compatible? --
Self-ownership, communism, and equality : against the Marxist technological fix --
Marxism and contemporary political philosophy, or, Why Nozick exercises some Marxists more than he does any egalitarian liberals --
Marx and Locke on land and labour --
Exploitation in Marx : what makes it unjust? --
Self-ownership : delineating the concept --
Self-ownership : assessing the thesis --
The future of a disillusion.
Series Title: Studies in Marxism and social theory.
Responsibility: G.A. Cohen.


This text examines the libertarian principle of self-ownership, which says that each person belongs to himself and therefore owes no service or product to anyone else. The author argues that  Read more...
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