Jeremy Waldron

in The Right to Private Property

Published in print November 1990 | ISBN: 9780198239376
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679902 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks


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This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to address the issue of the justification of private property. It asks whether individuals have a right to private property, or whether there are any good right-based arguments for private property. It examines two lines of right-based argument: one associated with John Locke and Robert Nozick, the other associated with G. W. F. Hegel. Both lines of argument hold that individuals have an interest in owning things which is important enough to command respect and to constrain political action. The chapter discusses utilitarian arguments for private property, non-utilitarian theories, and the right to private property.

Keywords: private property; right to property; John Locke; Robert Nozick; Hegel; utilitarian theories

Chapter.  9689 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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