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A Political Theory of Rights$
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Attracta Ingram

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198279631

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198279639.001.0001

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Principles of Self‐Government

Principles of Self‐Government

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(p.168) 8 Principles of Self‐Government
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A Political Theory of Rights
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Attracta Ingram

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198279639.003.0008

The previous chapter identified various norms of autonomy-regarding conversation, and applied these to criticise the doctrine that proclaims self-ownership as the basis of the state. This chapter aims to replace the unsatisfactory principle of self-ownership with the principle of self-government. It argues that each individual is the morally rightful governor of her own person and powers, and is therefore free to make her own life as long as she does not engaged in acts that hinder others from pursuing their independent lives.

Keywords:   self-ownership, self-government, autonomy

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