Hanoch Dagan and the Liberal Concept of Autonomy
6 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2022
Date Written: June 10, 2022
This article is a review essay on Hanoch Dagan’s new book, A Liberal Theory of Property. According to Dagan, the core of the liberal idea of property is personal autonomy. As Dagan reminds us, personal autonomy is a matter of self-authorship, or the ability to write and rewrite our own story. The idea of autonomy as self-authorship is familiar enough, but there are a number of different understandings of just what self-authorship itself entails. This article analyzes what conception of self-authorship Dagan appears to endorse. It concludes that Dagan’s version is substantive rather than procedural. Further, Dagan adopts a form of relational autonomy, in which non-subordination is the primary constraint the value menu available to autonomous agents.
Keywords: property autonomy, relational
JEL Classification: K11
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