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What is Private Property?

Jeremy Waldron

in The Right to Private Property

Published in print November 1990 | ISBN: 9780198239376
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679902 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239376.003.0002

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

What is Private Property?

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This chapter argues that private property is a concept of which many different conceptions are possible, and that in each society the detailed incidents of ownership amount to a particular concrete conception of this abstract concept. It relates this approach to other difficulties: difficulties about different types of property object, split ownership, alternative property systems, corporations, and so on. It starts by distinguishing the concept of private property from the much more general concept of a property system.

Keywords: private property; property system; ownership; corporation; split ownership

Chapter.  15317 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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