Argumentation ethics and the question of self- ownership

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The anarcho-capitalist philosopher, Hans-Hermann Hoppe (1993; 2004), claims that self-ownership is the only ethical solution to the problem of social order. He claims that any denial of self-ownership represents a performative contradiction: that actively arguing against self-ownership presupposes one’s self-ownership. I examine Hoppe’s ethics and argue that, within that framework, self-ownership is a (not the) permissible ethic. There are strong empirical and theoretical cases to be made for libertarianism. Catching nonlibertarians in performative contradictions (gotcha!) is not one of them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-88
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Private Enterprise
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015


  • Argumentation
  • Categorical imperatives
  • Ethics
  • Libertarianism
  • Private property
  • Rationality
  • Self-ownership
  • Universalist critique


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