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Property and Human Flourishing$
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Gregory S. Alexander

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190860745

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190860745.001.0001

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Intergenerational Communities

Intergenerational Communities

(p.103) 4 Intergenerational Communities
Property and Human Flourishing

Gregory S. Alexander

Oxford University Press

This chapter extends the previous chapter by asking whether the communities to which property owners owe obligations include future and/or past generations. The chapter argues that owners do indeed owe obligations to non-living members of generational communities. It argues further that with respect to members of future generational communities there are two types of obligations, one general, the other specific. The general obligation is to provide future generations with the basic material background conditions that are necessary for them to be able to carry out life-transcending projects that their forebears have transmitted to them. Specific obligations enable successive generational community members to whom particular life-transcending projects have been forwarded to be carried out in their intended way. These obligations are defeasible, rather than absolute, however.

Keywords:   dispossessed owners, historic injustices, land reparation, land successors, land dispossession

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