Can Libertarians Get Away with Fraud?

Benjamin Ferguson*

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In this paper I argue that libertarianism neither prohibits exchanges in which consent is gained through deceit, nor does it entail that such exchanges are morally invalid. However, contra James Child's (1994) similar claim, that it is incapable of delivering these verdicts, I argue that libertarians can claim that exchanges involving deceitfully obtained consent are morally invalid by appealing to an external theory of moral permissibility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-184
Number of pages20
JournalEconomics and Philosophy
Issue number2
Early online date10 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018


  • consent
  • deceit
  • fraud
  • Libertarian
  • permissibility


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