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Libertarianism without Inequality$
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Michael Otsuka

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199243952

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199243956.001.0001

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Left‐Libertarianism Versus Liberal Egalitarianism

Left‐Libertarianism Versus Liberal Egalitarianism

(p.114) Chapter 6 Left‐Libertarianism Versus Liberal Egalitarianism
Libertarianism without Inequality

Michael Otsuka (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Explains why Lockean voluntarism, even when remedied of the problems discussed in Ch. 5, might be criticized by liberal egalitarians on the following grounds: it allows for the legitimacy of highly illiberal or inegalitarian political societies. Argues that such illiberal or inegalitarian societies would in fact be legitimized by the actual consent of their members when freely given in circumstances of equality. Therefore defends a voluntaristic, left‐libertarian account of political legitimacy that differs in crucial respects from the hypothetical contract approaches of liberal‐egalitarian Kantians such as John Rawls and Thomas Nagel.

Keywords:   consent, hypothetical contract, illiberalism, left‐libertarianism, legitimate political authority, liberal egalitarianism, Thomas Nagel, John Rawls, voluntarism

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