Proprietary Rights and Self‐Command

Attracta Ingram

in A Political Theory of Rights

Published in print November 1994 | ISBN: 9780198279631
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599545 | DOI:
 Proprietary Rights and Self‐Command

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This chapter discusses the conceptual inadequacy of the whole proprietary approach to rights. It argues that the concept of a right cannot be reduced to the conception of rights under capitalism, i.e., property conception. The proprietary conception cannot be the favoured interpretation of rights because it fails to explain the possibility of a transition from capitalism to a form of socialism that embeds individual rights in its social structure. A system of proprietary rights cannot be agreed upon by all in a modern democracy.

Keywords: proprietary rights; individual rights; capitalism; democracy

Chapter.  9321 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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