Liberty, Coercion, and Consent


This conference explored the vision of a free society based on voluntary and consensual relations in which force and coercion are absent.


Conference Readings

Cohen, G. A. Self-ownership, Freedom, and Equality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Cohen, Gerald A. History, Labour, and Freedom: Themes from Marx. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2003.

Ellerman, David. “Inalienable Rights: A Litmus Test for Liberal Theories of Justice.” Law and Philosophy 29 (2010): 571-599.

Fried, Barbara H. The Progressive Assault on Laissez-Faire: Robert Hale and the First Law and Economics Movement. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009.

Hale, Robert L. “Bargaining, Duress, and Economic Liberty.” Columbia Law Review 43, no. 5 (July 1943): 603-628.

Nozick, Robert. Anarchy, State, and Utopia. New York City: Basic Books, Inc., 1974.

Pettit, Philip. A Theory of Freedom: From the Psychology to the Politics of Agency. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Satz, Debra. Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale: The Moral Limits of Markets. New York City: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Steiner, Hillel. “How Free: Computing Personal Liberty.” Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture Series 15 (March 1983): 73-89.

Sugden, Robert. “Opportunity as a Space for Individuality: Its Values and the Impossibility of Measuring It.” Ethics 113 (July 2003): 783-809.

Zimmerman, David. “Coercive Wage Offers.” Philosophy & Public Affairs 10, no. 2 (Spring 1981): 121-145.