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The Myth of OwnershipTaxes and Justice$
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Liam Murphy and Thomas Nagel

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195150162

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195150163.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.3) 1 Introduction
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The Myth of Ownership
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Liam Murphy

Thomas Nagel (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195150163.003.0001

Taxation arouses strong passions, fueled not only by conflicts of economic self-interest, but by conflicting ideas of justice or fairness. Though empirical questions and questions of economic theory are inescapable in responsible discussion of tax policy, so too are philosophical questions of social and economic justice. But the topic has been neglected by philosophers, especially by comparison with such legal issues as abortion and freedom of expression. This book aims to make a start at filling this gap.

Keywords:   tax policy, social justice, economic justice, economic theory, self-interest, philosophy

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