Inalienable Rights: A Litmus Test for Liberal Theories of Justice

  title={Inalienable Rights: A Litmus Test for Liberal Theories of Justice},
  author={David P. Ellerman},
  journal={Law and Philosophy},
  • D. Ellerman
  • Published 24 April 2010
  • Law
  • Law and Philosophy
Liberal-contractarian philosophies of justice see the unjust systems of slavery and autocracy in the past as being based on coercion—whereas the social order in modern democratic market societies is based on consent and contract. However, the ‘best’ case for slavery and autocracy in the past were consent-based contractarian arguments. Hence, our first task is to recover those ‘forgotten’ apologia for slavery and autocracy. To counter those consent-based arguments, the historical anti-slavery… 

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