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Self-Ownership, Freedom, and Equality (Electronic book text)
Self-Ownership, Freedom, and Equality (Electronic book text): G. A. Cohen, Cohen G. a.

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Self-Ownership, Freedom, and Equality (Electronic book text)

G. A. Cohen, Cohen G. a.

Series: Studies in Marxism and Social Theory

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In this book G. A. Cohen 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. This principle is used to defend capitalist inequality, which is said to reflect each person's freedom to do as as he wishes with himself. The author argues that self-ownership cannot deliver the freedom it promises to secure, thereby undermining the idea that lovers of freedom should embrace capitalism and the inequality that comes with it. He goes on to show that the standard Marxist condemnation of exploitation implies an endorsement of self-ownership, since, in the Marxist conception, the employer steals from the worker what should belong to her, because she produced it. Thereby a deeply inegalitarian notion has penetrated what is in aspiration an egalitarian theory. Purging that notion from socialist thought, he argues, enables construction of a more consistent egalitarianism.

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Imprint: Cambridge UniversityPress
Country of origin: United States
Series: Studies in Marxism and Social Theory
Release date: 1995
Authors: G. A. Cohen • Cohen G. a.
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 289
ISBN-13: 978-1-306-14827-6
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Politics & government
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political science & theory
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political control & freedoms
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political control & freedoms > Human rights
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political control & freedoms > Human rights > Civil rights & citizenship
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LSN: 1-306-14827-8
Barcode: 9781306148276

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