Hegel’s Discussion of Property

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

Hegel’s Discussion of Property

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Hegel's account of property in the Philosophy of Right provides the best example of a sustained argument in favour of private ownership which is GR-based, in the sense given to that term. This chapter examines that account in some detail. It offers an interpretation that highlights Hegel's theory of the importance of property for the development of individual freedom. It shows that his argument, if taken seriously, requires not just that there should be an institution of private property in any society or that existing property entitlements should be respected, but, more radically, that property is something which it is important for every individual to have, so that there is a basis for overriding ethical concern if some people are left poor and propertyless.

Keywords: Hegel; Philosophy of Right; private property; private ownership; property entitlement; ethical concern

Chapter.  20456 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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