Uncategorized [Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Neera Badhwar, professor emerita of philosophy at the University of Oklahoma, and affiliate at George Mason University.] “Every Man has a Property in his own Person. This no Body has any Right to but himself. The Labour of his Body, and the Work of his Hands, we may say are properly his” (John Locke, Second Treatise of Government, Section 27). To own oneself is to have a right to use one’s faculties and energies as one pleases, without interference, so long as one does so compatibly with other people’s like rights. Self-ownership expresses the idea that we are ends in ourselves, with our own lives to lead, not mere means to others’ ends. It expresses the thought, as Robert Nozick and others have put it, that “[i]ndividuals are inviolable,” and explains why “unprovoked acts of killing, maiming,” etc. are wrong. Since the limits of self-ownership rights are other people’s like rights, it follows that self-ownership rights are as extensive as logically possible. But such rights – what Steven Wall calls full self-ownership (FSO) – have implications that Wall and other critics claim repeatedly clash with widespread and plausible moral intuitions.[3,… Read full this story
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