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A Theory of Property

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Law

  • Date Published: January 1990
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521378864

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  • This book represents a major new statement on the issue of property rights. It argues for the justification of some rights of private property while showing why unequal distributions of private property are indefensible. Three features of the book are especially salient: it offers a challenging new pluralist theory of justification; the argument integrates perceptive analyses of the great classical theorists Aristotle, Locke, Hegel and Marx with a discussion of contemporary philosophers such as Nozick and Rawls; and the author moves with assurance among philosophy, law and economics to present a very broad, interdisciplinary study.

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    'Stephen Munzer has achieved something I had thought impossible, an encyclopedia treatment of the theory of property rights that does justice to almost all the conceptual, legal, political, and social issues at stake … A Theory of Property will be of the greatest interest and value to philosophers, lawyers, political theorists, and economists alike … It is an object lesson in how to practise intellectual and ethical pluralism without the least sacrifice of rigour and lucidity'. Alan Ryan, Princeton University

    'Steeped in the traditions of both Anglo-American and Continental philosophy and armed with the knowledge of property law expert, Munzer moves easily between discussions of thinkers such as Rawls, Marx, and Hegel and concrete discussions of property law roaming over everything from gifts to zoning; all this, with a passion for clarity and a compelling commitment to the view that an engaging and fruitful philosophical dialogue about property must be responsive to its psychological, cultural, and normative dimensions.' Steven Shiffrin, Cornell University

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    • Date Published: January 1990
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521378864
    • length: 504 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Property and justification
    Part I. Property Rights and Personal Rights:
    2. Understanding property
    3. Persons and their bodies
    4. Body rights and the constitution
    Part II. From Individuals to Social Context:
    5. Incorporation and projection
    6. Control, privacy and individuality
    7. Property and moral character
    8. Alienation and society
    Part III. Justification and Distributive Equity:
    9. Utility and efficiency
    10. Justice and equality
    11. Labor and desert
    12. Conflict and resolution
    Part IV. Applications:
    13. Business corporations
    14. Gratuitous transfers
    15. A moral and political theory of takings
    16. Takings and the constitution
    Table of cases
    Index of names
    Index of subjects.

  • Author

    Stephen R. Munzer, University of California, Los Angeles

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