- The Oxford Handbook of Freedom
- Self-Ownership as a Form of Ownership
- Positive Freedom and the General Will
- Moralized Conceptions of Liberty
- On the Conflict Between Liberty and Equality
- Freedom and Equality
- The Point of Self-Ownership
- Platonic Freedom
- Aristotelian Freedom
- Freedom in the Scholastic Tradition
- Freedom, Slavery, and Identity in Renaissance Florence: The Faces of Leon Battista Alberti
- Freedom and Enlightenment
- Adam Smith’s Libertarian Paternalism
- Market Failure, the Tragedy of the Commons, and Default Libertarianism in Contemporary Economics and Policy
- Planning, Freedom, and the Rule of Law
- Freedom, Regulation, and Public Policy
- Boundaries, Subjection to Laws, and Affected Interests
- Democracy and Freedom
- Can Constitutions Limit Government?
- Freedom and Religion
- Freedom and Influence in Formative Education
- Freedom and the (Posthumous) Harm Principle
- Exploitation and Freedom
- Voluntariness, Coercion, Self-ownership
- The Impartial Spectator and the Moral Teachings of Markets
- Disciplinary Specialization and Thinking for Yourself
- Free Will as a Psychological Accomplishment
- Prisoners of Misbelief: The Epistemic Conditions of Freedom
Abstract and Keywords
Merely by sharing an environment, we each face a trade-off between freedom to act and freedom from interference. The goal of this chapter is to elucidate self-ownership by taking it seriously as a form of ownership, understood as an institution for optimizing the trade-off between freedom to go about one’s life and freedom from the interference of others, in a world in which going about one’s life almost always interferes with someone else’s. The central thesis is that self-ownership is an institution entitling the bearer of a claim right to protection from interference with his person, labor, and freedom, in ways that that person can afford to be protected in the greater scheme of things as the bearer of a liberty right to live a life of his own.
Daniel C. Russell is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona.
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