Property Rights

Fred D. Miller

in Nature, Justice, and Rights in Aristotle's Politics

Published in print May 1997 | ISBN: 9780198237266
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598043 | DOI:
Property Rights

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Supports Ernest Barker's interpretation that Aristotle offers a ‘vindication of the right of private property.’ Although Aristotle emphasizes the common interests of the citizens, he also provides a place for private property in all of his constitutions, including the best constitution. The chapter argues that Aristotle gives a basic account of property ownership that is similar to modern concepts of property rights. He offers justifications of private property, states conditions under which property may be justly acquired, defends private property against Plato's communism, and argues that property is indispensable for the exercise of citizenship.

Keywords: Aristotle; citizen; communism; constitution; justice; plato; private property; property rights; rights

Chapter.  10433 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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