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Toward a Non-Lockean Libertarianism

Forthcoming in Jason Brennan, Bas van der Vossen, and David Schmidtz, eds,. The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism

23 Pages Posted: 2 May 2016  

Jacob T. Levy

McGill University - Department of Political Science

Date Written: May 2, 2016

Abstract

This paper suggests that both rights theory and social contract theory stand in the way of a libertarianism that can be treated as a political position within stable contestatory democratic politics. Traditional Lockean foundations for libertarian ideas conflate and confuse a normative position within politics with a theory of the legitimacy of politics. Drawing on both the realist turn in political theory and on non-Lockean resources within classical liberalism such as Smith and Hayek, the paper points toward an understanding of libertarianism that is better able to reconcile itself as one position among others in political life, suitable for circumstances of ongoing political disagreement.

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Levy, Jacob T., Toward a Non-Lockean Libertarianism (May 2, 2016). Forthcoming in Jason Brennan, Bas van der Vossen, and David Schmidtz, eds,. The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2773894

Jacob T. Levy (Contact Author)

McGill University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Montreal, Quebec H3A 1G5
Canada

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