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Self-Ownership, Freedom, and Equality

Self-Ownership, Freedom, and Equality

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Part of Studies in Marxism and Social Theory

Robert Nozick, Wilt Chamberlain
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  • Date Published: November 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521477512

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  • 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 inequality that comes with it. In the final chapter he reaffirms the moral superiority of socialism, against the background of the disastrous Soviet experiment.

    • Cohen is a star name in political philosophy and Marxist theory - one of the leading socialist thinkers in the world
    • Here he attacks one of the central tenets of capitalism - the idea that inequality is the price which has to be paid for freedom
    • Will be bought by scholars throughout philosophy and social science departments, and will also be used on many advanced courses (compare Elster's books)
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    "...provides an extended and masterful examination of the relationships between the concepts of self-ownership, freedom, and equality." Nancy Holmstrom, The Philosophical Review

    "Cohen's book is crammed with intricate, interesting, and often ingenious arguments." Jan Narveson, The Journal of Ethics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521477512
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: history, ethics and Marxism
    1. How patterns preserve liberty Robert Nozick and Wilt Chamberlain
    2. Freedom, justice and market transactions
    3. Self-ownership, world-ownership, and equality
    4. Are freedom and equality compatible
    5. Self-ownership, communism, and equality: against the Marxist technological fix:
    6. Marxism and contemporary political philosophy, or: why Nozick exercises some Marxists more than he does any egalitarian liberals
    7. Marx and Locke on land and labour
    8. Exploitation in Marx: what makes it unjust?
    9. Self-ownership: delineating the concept
    10. Self-ownership: assessing the thesis
    11. The future of a disillusion
    Index of names
    Subject index.

  • Author

    G. A. Cohen, All Souls College, Oxford


    Robert Nozick, Wilt Chamberlain

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