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The influence of classical Stoicism on John Locke’s theory of self-ownership:

Published on May 15, 2020in History of the Human Sciences0.839
· DOI :10.1177/0952695120910641
Lisa Hill16
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(University of Adelaide),
Prasanna Nidumolu (University of Adelaide)
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The most important parent of the idea of property in the person (self-ownership) is undoubtedly John Locke. In this article, we argue that the origins of this idea can be traced back as far as the ...
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