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Property and Justice

J. W. Harris


When philosophers put forward claims for or against ‘property’, it is often unclear whether they are talking about the same thing that lawyers mean by ‘property’. Likewise, when lawyers appeal to ‘justice’ in interpreting or criticizing legal rules we do not know if they have in mind something that philosophers would recognize as ‘justice’. Bridging the gulf between juristic writing on property and speculations about it appearing in the tradition of western political philosophy, the author has built from entirely new foundations an analytical framework for understanding the nature of property ... More

Keywords: nature of property, natural property rights, prerequisite of freedom, incentives and markets, equality of resources, property as domination, basic needs, information, human bodily parts, property institutions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199251407
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251407.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. W. Harris, author
Fellow and Tutor in Law, Keble College, Oxford, and Professor of Law, University of Oxford