Clamshell Rent? Use, Usurpation, and Usury

Gijs van Donselaar

in The Right to Exploit

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780195140392
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199871483 | DOI:
Clamshell Rent? Use, Usurpation, and Usury

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This chapter discusses a theory of justice in original acquisition in which the interests of all those involved in, and affected by, the initial distribution of resources play a very significant determining role. It focuses on Ronald Dworkin's theory of justice that is known as “equality of resources.” It is argued that his approach will not avoid the clash with the moral objection against parasitic relations. The journey towards that conclusion is roundabout, via Philippe Van Parijs and his advocacy of a radical reconstruction of the welfare state.

Keywords: theory of justice; original acquisition; Ronald Dworkin; parasitic relations; Philippe Van Parijs; welfare state; equality of resources

Chapter.  18292 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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