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Back toward Community

Eric T. Freyfogle

in Agrarianism and the Good Society

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124391
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134888 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124391.003.0007
Back toward Community

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This chapter examines the fields of ecology and ethics as they relate to private ownership. These related fields share an inner tension between greater abstraction and individualism and greater attention to connections and dependencies. Although a shift toward abstraction and individualism in the three fields brought about some serious gains, including private rights, economic growth, and more productive lands, the shift went too far and has stimulated a counter-shift back toward the intellectual reassembly of the fragmented social and natural parts. There is now a need to move back toward greater awareness of community and interdependence and to engage in a responsible reassembly of parts so that the benefits that arise can be enjoyed when communities, whether social, cultural or natural, are healthy.

Keywords: private ownership; property law; property rights; ecology; ethics; abstraction; individualism; community rebuilding; interdependence

Chapter.  7463 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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