The Appeal of Self-Ownership

Brian Michael McElwee

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In this paper, I argue that the appeal of a principle of self-ownership is grounded in the specially intimate relationship that each of us has with our body. I argue that once we appreciate the source of the appeal of a claim of self-ownership, we can see how a differently shaped set of strong rights over our body can do justice to the considerations that ground this appeal, without committing us to the most controversial implications of a claim of self-ownership.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-232
JournalSocial Theory and Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010


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