This book explores the historical development of some central themes about property through the ages.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Plato's 'communism', Aristotle's critique and Proclus' response; 2. Plato's 'communism': from late antiquity via Islamic Spain to the Renaissance; 3. Renunciation and communality: thinking through the primitive Church; 4. The poverty of Christ: crises of asceticism from the Pelagians to the Franciscans; 5. The state of nature and the origin of private property: Hesiod to William of Ockham; 6. The state of nature and the origin of private property: Grotius to Hegel; 7. Property as a legal right; 8. Property as a human right; Conclusion.
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