Journal of Libertarian Studies

Reply to Block on Libertarianism is Unique

The Journal of Libertarian Studies

A common argument for libertarianism of the sort associated with writers like Nozick and Rothbard is that it follows more or less directly from the thesis of self-ownership, at least given the assumption that external resources start out unowned. I used to endorse this sort of argument myself, though I do not endorse it (or libertarianism itself for that matter) any longer. One problem I now see with it is that the thesis of self-ownership simply isn’t as determinate as its defenders usually take it to be. There are several reasons for this.

Volume 22, Number 1 (2010)


Feser, Edward. “Reply to Block on Libertarianism is Unique.” Journal of Libertarian Studies 22, No. 1 (2010): 261–272.

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