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Does Libertarian Self-Ownership Protect Freedom?


  • Jesper Ahlin Marceta Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University



Many libertarians assume that there is a close relation between an individual’s self-ownership and her freedom. That relation needs questioning. In this article it is argued that, even in a pre-property state, self-ownership is insufficient to protect freedom. Therefore, libertarians who believe in self-ownership should either offer a defense of freedom that is independent from their defense of self-ownership, make it explicit that they hold freedom as second to self-ownership (and defend that position), or reconsider the moral basis of their political views.


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How to Cite

Ahlin Marceta, J. (2022) “Does Libertarian Self-Ownership Protect Freedom?”, De Ethica, 7(1), pp. 19–30. doi: 10.3384/de-ethica.2001-8819.227119.