Libertarianism Without Inequality

Paperback | June 30, 2005

byMichael Otsuka

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Michael Otsuka sets out to vindicate left-libertarianism, a political philosophy which combines stringent rights of control over one's own mind, body, and life with egalitarian rights of ownership of the world. Otsuka reclaims the ideas of John Locke from the libertarian Right, and shows howhis Second Treatise of Government provides the theoretical foundations for a left-libertarianism which is both more libertarian and more egalitarian than the Kantian liberal theories of John Rawls and Thomas Nagel. Otsuka's libertarianism is founded on a right of self-ownership. Here he is at one with 'right-wing' libertarians, such as Robert Nozick, in endorsing the highly anti-paternalistic and anti-moralistic implications of this right. But he parts company with these libertarians in so far as he arguesthat such a right is compatible with a fully egalitarian principle of equal opportunity for welfare. In embracing this principle, his own version of left-libertarianism is more strongly egalitarian than others which are currently well known. Otsuka argues that an account of legitimate political authority based upon the free consent of each is strengthened by the adoption of such an egalitarian principle. He defends a pluralistic, decentralized ideal of political society as a confederation of voluntary associations. Part I of Libertarianism without Inequality concerns the natural rights of property in oneself and the world. Part II considers the natural rights of punishment and self-defence that form the basis for the government's authority to legislate and punish. Part III explores the nature and limits of thepowers of governments which are created by the consensual transfer of the natural rights of the governed. Libertarianism without Inequality is a book which everyone interested in political theory should read.

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Michael Otsuka sets out to vindicate left-libertarianism, a political philosophy which combines stringent rights of control over one's own mind, body, and life with egalitarian rights of ownership of the world. Otsuka reclaims the ideas of John Locke from the libertarian Right, and shows howhis Second Treatise of Government provides th...

Michael Otsuka is at Department of Philosophy, University College London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.39 inPublished:June 30, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. Self-Ownership and World-Ownership1. Self-Ownership and Equality2. Making the Unjust Provide for the DisabledII. Punishment and Self-Defence3. The Right to Punish4. Killing the Innocent in Self-DefenceIII. Political Society5. Political Society as a Voluntary Association6. Left-Libertarianism Versus Liberal Egalitarianism7. The Problem of Intergenerational SovereigntyBibliographyIndex

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`Review from previous edition In this important contribution to rights theory, the deontology of punishment, and the problem of political obligation, Michael Otsuka argues against the belief, prevalent on both the left and the right of the political spectrum, that the fundamental principles oflibertarianism conflict with the ideal of economic equality ... Otsuka's style is pithy, engaging, and crystal-clear. His theses are bold, imaginative, and defended with the utmost philosophical rigour ... His book will no doubt give rise to a great deal more discussion, and it surely deserves tohave a major impact on current debates on justice and political obligation.'Ian Carter, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews