Self-Ownership, Freedom, and Equality

Self-Ownership, Freedom, and Equality

by G. A. Cohen, Cohen G. a.
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 0521471745

ISBN-13: 9780521471749

Pub. Date: 10/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this book one of the world's leading political philosophers 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 he wishes with himself.

The author

Overview

In this book one of the world's leading political philosophers 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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521471749
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Series:
Studies in Marxism and Social Theory Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Acknowledgementsxii
Introduction: history, ethics and Marxism1
1Robert Nozick and Wilt Chamberlain: how patterns preserve liberty19
2Justice, freedom, and market transactions38
3Self-ownership, world-ownership, and equality67
4Are freedom and equality compatible?92
5Self-ownership, communism, and equality: against the Marxist technological fix116
6Marxism and contemporary political philosophy, or: why Nozick exercises some Marxists more than he does any egalitarian liberals144
7Marx and Locke on land and labour165
8Exploitation in Marx: what makes it unjust?195
9Self-ownership: delineating the concept209
10Self-ownership: assessing the thesis229
11The future of a disillusion245
Bibliography266
Index of names272
Subject index274

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >