- Series: Oxford Political Theory
- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Clarendon Press (January 8, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780198293576
- ISBN-13: 978-0198293576
- ASIN: 0198293577
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.7 x 6.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Real Freedom for All: What (if anything) can justify capitalism? (Oxford Political Theory)
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About the Author
Philippe Van Parijs is a Professor of Economic and Social Ethics at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
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His argument is situated in the philosophical debate about "negative" and "positive" forms of liberty. The "negative" idea of liberty is that you are free if you are not coerced. This is the concept of freedom defended by right wing libertarians. Left wing libertarians argue that one also needs "positive" freedom, which may include things like equal access to resources (education, health care, etc) for charting your path in life, actual self-managment of decisions that affect you. The author's "unconditional basic income" is intended as his proposal for the "positive" form of freedom.
He doesn't address the basic problem that capitalist elites will have the resources and power to prevent any such entitlement to be enacted, or would always be working to reduce it or eliminate if it was enacted.