Mixing Labor, Taking Possession, and Libertarianism: Response to Walter Block

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dc.contributor.author Dominiak, Łukasz
dc.date.accessioned 2024-01-13T15:22:25Z
dc.date.available 2024-01-13T15:22:25Z
dc.date.issued 2023-12-11
dc.identifier.citation Studia z Historii Filozofii, 2023, vol. 14 (3), pp. 169-195.
dc.identifier.other https://doi.org/10.12775/szhf.2023.026
dc.identifier.uri http://repozytorium.umk.pl/handle/item/6968
dc.description.abstract In his recent rejoinder to my paper Walter Block argues that only the Lockean labor-mixing theory of first acquisition is compatible with libertarianism. Block’s claim is in turn directed against a position held by me in the said paper that it is the first possession theory of original appropriation that is a better fit for libertarianism. Upon reading Block’s rejoinder and thinking intensely about this issue, in the present paper I agree with Block and disagree with my former self, accepting the view that it is indeed the Lockean labor-mixing theory that should be embraced by libertarians. This verdict is mainly motivated by the following arguments that I develop in detail in the paper: (1) no libertarian arguments against the labor-mixing theory seem to work, (2) the first possession theory is unable (contrary to the labor-mixing theory) to accommodate the idea of original appropriation tracking objective links between actors and things; (3) the labor-mixing theory better fits our intuitions about justice in property acquisition. However, in order not to make things too easy for Block, I also argue that there are some surprising and problematic consequences of adopting the labor-mixing account. I am fully prepared to accept them. The question is whether so is Block.
dc.description.sponsorship Narodowe Centrum Nauki/National Science Centre This research was funded in whole or in part by the National Science Centre, Poland, grant number 2020/39/B/HS5/00610. For the purpose of Open Access, the author has applied a CC-BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) version arising from this submission.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika
dc.rights Attribution 4.0 Poland
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/deed.pl
dc.subject libertarianism
dc.subject homesteading
dc.subject original appropriation
dc.subject labor-mixing
dc.subject first possession
dc.title Mixing Labor, Taking Possession, and Libertarianism: Response to Walter Block
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

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