An Introduction to Property Theory

An Introduction to Property Theory

by Gregory S. Alexander, Eduardo M. Peñalver


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This book surveys the leading modern theories of property - Lockean, libertarian, utilitarian/law-and-economics, personhood, Kantian, and human flourishing - and then applies those theories to concrete contexts in which property issues have been especially controversial. These include redistribution, the right to exclude, regulatory takings, eminent domain, and intellectual property. The book highlights the Aristotelian human flourishing theory of property, providing the most comprehensive and accessible introduction to that theory to date. The book's goal is neither to cover every conceivable theory nor to discuss every possible facet of the theories covered. Instead, it aims to make the major property theories comprehensible to beginners, without sacrificing accuracy or sophistication. The book will be of particular interest to students seeking an accessible introduction to contemporary theories of property, but even specialists will benefit from the book's lucid descriptions of contemporary debates.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521113656
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/09/2012
Series: Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy and Law
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Gregory S. Alexander is a nationally renowned expert in property and trusts and estates and the A. Robert Noll Professor of Law at Cornell University. Following his graduation from Northwestern University School of Law, he clerked for the Honorable George Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Alexander is the winner of the American Publishers Association's 1997 Best Book of the Year in Law award for his work, Commodity and Propriety. More recent books include The Global Debate over Constitutional Property: Lessons for American Takings Jurisprudence and Property and Community (with Eduardo M. Peñalver). He is co-author of the most widely used property casebook in the United States (with James Krier and Michael Schill). His articles have appeared in such journals as the Columbia Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, the Michigan Law Review and the Cornell Law Review.

Eduardo M. Peñalver is a Professor of Law at Cornell University. Upon graduating from Yale Law School, he clerked for the Honorable Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. His research interests focus on property and land use, as well as law and religion. He is particularly interested in the ways that property both fosters and reflects social bonds. He is the author of numerous books and articles on property and land use law and his work has appeared in several leading law journals. His book, Property Outlaws (co-authored with Sonia Katyal), explores the role of disobedience in the evolution of property law.

Table of Contents

1. Utilitarian property theories; 2. Locke and libertarian theories of property; 3. Hegelian property theory; 4. Kantian property theory; 5. Aristotelian property theory; 6. Government redistribution of resources; 7. The right to exclude and its limits; 8. Eminent domain and regulatory takings; 9. Intellectual property.

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