The Myth of Property: Toward an Egalitarian Theory of Ownership / Edition 1

The Myth of Property: Toward an Egalitarian Theory of Ownership / Edition 1

by John Christman
     
 

The Myth of Property is the first book-length study to focus directly on the variable and complex structure of ownership. It critically analyzes what it means to own something, and it takes familiar debates about distributive justice and recasts them into discussions of the structure of ownership. The traditional notion of private property assumed by both defenders

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The Myth of Property is the first book-length study to focus directly on the variable and complex structure of ownership. It critically analyzes what it means to own something, and it takes familiar debates about distributive justice and recasts them into discussions of the structure of ownership. The traditional notion of private property assumed by both defenders and opponents of that system is criticized and exposed as a "myth." The book then puts forward a new theory of what it means to own something, one that will be important for any theory of distributive justice. This new approach more adequately reveals the disparate social and individual values that property ownership serves to promote. The study has importance for understanding the reform of capitalist and welfare state systems, as well as the institution of market economies in former socialist states, for the view developed here makes the traditional dichotomy between private ownership capitalism and public ownership socialism obsolete. This new approach to ownership also places egalitarian principles of distributive justice in a new light and challenges critics to clarify aspects of property ownership worth protecting against calls for greater equality. The book closes by showing how defenders of egalitarianism can make use of some of the ideas and values that traditionally made private property appear to be such a pervasive human institution.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195085945
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
IThe Structure of Ownership
1What, If Anything, Is Ownership?15
2Ownership and the Structure of the Economy28
IIAttempts to Justify Liberal Ownership
3Can Liberal Ownership Be Justified by Natural Rights?47
4Liberty and Liberal Ownership67
5Ownership, Markets, and Moral Desert84
6Ownership and the Maximization of Utility98
IIIA New Model of Ownership
7The Abandonment of Liberal Ownership125
8Self-Ownership147
9Toward an Egalitarian Theory of Ownership161
Notes185
Bibliography205
Index215

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