Ownership and Justice: Volume 27, Part 1

Overview

The institution of private property lies at the heart of contemporary Western societies. But what are the limits of property ownership? Do principles of justice require some measure of governmental redistribution of property in order to relieve poverty or to promote greater equality among citizens? And what do principles of justice, whether egalitarian or libertarian, have to say about individuals' ownership of their own talents and the products of their labor, and the about the initial acquisition of land and ...

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Overview

The institution of private property lies at the heart of contemporary Western societies. But what are the limits of property ownership? Do principles of justice require some measure of governmental redistribution of property in order to relieve poverty or to promote greater equality among citizens? And what do principles of justice, whether egalitarian or libertarian, have to say about individuals' ownership of their own talents and the products of their labor, and the about the initial acquisition of land and natural resources? The essays in this volume — written by eleven prominent political and moral philosophers — address these questions and explore related issues. A number of essays consider the theoretical foundations of property ownership, asking how the rights of individuals to acquire property can be justified, and how extensive these rights are. Some essays focus on the concept of self-ownership, discussing how the individual's right to control his own mind, body, and actions relates to his right to gain control over extrapersonal objects and resources. Other essays look at connections between property ownership and various values, including democratic political participation and equality of wealth and opportunity. Still others examine issues of ownership and justice that relate to the justification of liberal political institutions, or the implementation of centralized social and economic planning.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521175432
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/10/2010
  • Series: Social Philosophy and Policy Series
  • Pages: 307
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Frankel Paul is Deputy Director of the Social Philosophy and Policy Center and professor of political science at Bowling Green State University. She is the author of Moral Revolution and Economic Science; Property Rights and Eminent Domain and Equity and Gender: The Comparable Worth Debate, and also the editor of numerous scholarly collections.

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Table of Contents

1. The right to private property: a justification John Kekes; 2. Classical natural law theory, property rights, and taxation Edward Feser; 3. The natural right of property Eric Mack; 4. Property and justice David Schmidtz; 5. Property and rights Jan Narveson; 6. Embodiment and self-ownership Daniel C. Russell; 7. Self-ownership and world ownership: against left-liberalism Richard J. Arneson; 8. The uneasy relationship between democracy and capital Thomas Christiano; 9. Real-world luck egalitarianism George Sher; 10. Coercion, ownership, and the redistributive state: justificatory liberalism's classical tilt Gerald Gaus; 11. Adam Smith and the great mind fallacy James R. Otteson.

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