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The demandingness of Nozick’s ‘Lockean’ proviso

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posted on 05.04.2022, 13:26 authored by Josh MilburnJosh Milburn
Interpreters of Robert Nozick’s political philosophy fall into two broad groups concerning his application of the ‘Lockean proviso’. Some read his argument in an undemanding way: individual instances of ownership which make people worse off than they would have been in a world without any ownership are unjust. Others read the argument in a demanding way: individual instances of ownership which make people worse off than they would have been in a world without that particular ownership are unjust. While I argue that the former reading is correct as an interpretive matter, I suggest that this reading is nonetheless highly demanding. In particular, I argue that it is demanding when it is expanded to include the protection of nonhuman animals; if such beings are right bearers, as more and more academics are beginning to suggest, then there is no nonarbitrary reason to exclude them from the protection of the proviso.

Funding

Department for Education and Learning, Northern Ireland

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • International Relations, Politics and History

Published in

European Journal of Political Theory

Volume

15

Issue

3

Pages

276 - 292

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© The Author

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Publication date

2014-12-16

Copyright date

2014

ISSN

1474-8851

eISSN

1741-2730

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Josh Milburn. Deposit date: 28 March 2022