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Property and Human Flourishing

Gregory S. Alexander


Many people assume that what morally justifies private ownership of property is either individual freedom or social welfare, defined in terms of maximizing personal preference-satisfaction. This book offers an alternative way of understanding the moral underpinning of private ownership of property. Rather than identifying any single moral value, this book argues that human flourishing is property’s moral foundation. It develops a theory that connects ownership and human flourishing with obligations. Owners owe obligations to members of the communities that have enabled the owners to live flour ... More

Keywords: ownership, obligations, capabilities, interdependence, communities, progressive property theory, human flourishing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190860745
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190860745.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory S. Alexander, author
Cornell University Law School