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Self-ownership is a libertarian and anarchist principle of transhumanism that an individual has sovereignty over one's body.


One of the founders of the transhumanist movement Max More has long argued from the days of the Extropy Institute about the importance of self-ownership within the movement.

More argues self-ownership encompasses:

  • Independent Thinking
  • Individual Freedom
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Self-Direction
  • Self-Esteem
  • Respect for Others

More as well as many other transhumanists are critical of religious and bioconservative attitudes which reject self-ownership in different ways.[1]


Rejection of self-ownership can be found in many religious and secular ideas.

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