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Self-Ownership, Freedom, and Equality : Studies in Marxism and Social Theory - G. A. Cohen

Self-Ownership, Freedom, and Equality

Studies in Marxism and Social Theory

By: G. A. Cohen, Jon Elster (Editor), John E. Roemer (Editor)

Paperback Published: 25th December 1995
ISBN: 9780521477512
Number Of Pages: 288

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In this book G. A. Cohen 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 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.

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' ... Cohen brings formidable analytical and forensic skills, and the book is an outstanding example of the intellectual gains to be won by clear and rigorous thinking about questions that are usually blanketed by idealogical fog.' David Miller, London Review of Books ' ... his book stands out among the many studies of electorial history ...'. Anarchist Studies

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Introduction: history, ethics and Marxismp. 1
Robert Nozick and Wilt Chamberlain: how patterns preserve libertyp. 19
Justice, freedom, and market transactionsp. 38
Self-ownership, world-ownership, and equalityp. 67
Are freedom and equality compatible?p. 92
Self-ownership, communism, and equality: against the Marxist technological fixp. 116
Marxism and contemporary political philosophy, or: why Nozick exercises some Marxists more than he does any egalitarian liberalsp. 144
Marx and Locke on land and labourp. 165
Exploitation in Marx: what makes it unjust?p. 195
Self-ownership: delineating the conceptp. 209
Self-ownership: assessing the thesisp. 229
The future of a disillusionp. 245
Bibliographyp. 266
Index of namesp. 272
Subject indexp. 274
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ISBN: 9780521477512
ISBN-10: 0521477514
Series: Studies in Marxism and Social Theory
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 25th December 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.41