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Arguing for 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/9780198239376.003.0005

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

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This chapter presents the overview of the discussions in Chapter 6–12. It further contends that the framework developed in the current study is arguably more valuable for a grasp of complex and impure cases than it would be for pure cases of the categories it sets up. It helps us to expose and understand certain tensions in the material we are reading. It helps explain our often ambiguous response to these arguments for private property: often, one feels compelled by the argument but cheated somehow in the upshot, as though something had been slipped into the picture behind one's back. And it gives us some sort of analytically rigorous grip on the strangeness of the idea that private property — this regime dependent as it is, in the real world, on the arbitrary contingencies of fortune and endowment — could somehow be regarded by theorists in the Enlightenment tradition as one of the fundamental and imprescriptible rights of man.

Keywords: fundamental rights; fortune; Enlightenment; rights-based arguments

Chapter.  4336 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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