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Ägandeskapet, människan och hans egendom: Äganderättens bundenhet till självägandet
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this essay I explore the possibilities of one universal ground for property through the concept of self-ownership.

The concept of self-ownership is not as apparent as what libertarians makes it out to be. If self-ownership is to be considered a sound concept the concept also needs proof that the concept exists. Proof of self-ownership is argued for in the existence of consciousness and consciousness as the final ruler of the body and through that process the only owner of the body is the consciousness that possess that body. Thus self- ownership is not acquired through birth but rather through the development of the mind.

With the proof for self-ownership established I use the property theory from Locke and Nozick to establish how it is possible to own things and who can be considered to be a just owner. If the concept of self-ownership stands true, then the only conclusion can be a strong individual property right.

That conclusion stands in a direct conflict with egalitarianism and  have received critique from G. A. Cohen. Given that Cohen himself found the concept of self- ownership as non-objectionable and merely disqualifies the concept with an intuition that it must be wrong. His critique does nothing to establish why the concept of self- ownership should be wrong and thus he cannot possibly prove it wrong.

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2015. , 23 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-109993OAI: diva2:860216
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Bachelor Programme in Philosophy and Social Analysis
Available from: 2015-10-12 Created: 2015-10-12

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