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

Suggested Citation

Alexander, Gregory S., Hanoch Dagan and the Liberal Concept of Autonomy (June 10, 2022). Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 22-24, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4133705 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4133705

Gregory S. Alexander (Contact Author)

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