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The Right to Private Property

Jeremy Waldron


Can the right to private property be claimed as one of the ‘rights of mankind’? This is the central question of this examination of the subject of private property. This book contrasts two types of arguments about rights: those based on historical entitlement, and those based on the importance of property to freedom. It provides a detailed discussion of the theories of property found in Locke's Second Treatise and Hegel's Philosophy of Right to illustrate this contrast. The book contains original analyses of the concept of ownership, the ideas of rights, and the relation between property and e ... More

Keywords: private property, historical entitlement, freedom, Locke, Second Treatise, Hegel, Philosophy of Right, ownership, rights, equality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198239376
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239376.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy Waldron, author
University of California, Berkeley
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