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A Political Theory of Rights$
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Attracta Ingram

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198279631

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198279639.001.0001

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Proprietary Rights and Self‐Command

Proprietary Rights and Self‐Command

(p.66) 4 Proprietary Rights and Self‐Command
A Political Theory of Rights

Attracta Ingram

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This chapter discusses the conceptual inadequacy of the whole proprietary approach to rights. It argues that the concept of a right cannot be reduced to the conception of rights under capitalism, i.e., property conception. The proprietary conception cannot be the favoured interpretation of rights because it fails to explain the possibility of a transition from capitalism to a form of socialism that embeds individual rights in its social structure. A system of proprietary rights cannot be agreed upon by all in a modern democracy.

Keywords:   proprietary rights, individual rights, capitalism, democracy

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