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The Right to Private Property

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Presenting a comprehensive, critical examination of the claim that private property is one of the fundamental rights of humankind, Waldron here contrasts two types of arguments about rights: those based on historical entitlement, and those based on the importance of property for freedom. He illustrates this contrast with a detailed discussion of the theories of property fo ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published November 8th 1990 by Clarendon Press (first published February 9th 1989)
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W. Littlejohn
A fantastic book, written with the ridiculously thorough logic-chopping of an analytic philosopher, and yet crystal-clear, readable, and often compelling throughout. The book is so thorough, with important arguments and insights on every one of its 480 pages, that I took nearly three months of steady going to work my way through it, and I still have zillions of notes to type up.

Best of all, Waldron is not content to give a mere analytical unpacking of the logic of private property, but undertake
May 31, 2012 Tyler rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone Interested in Political Thought
Recommended to Tyler by: The Book Title Looked Interesting
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What does “private property” mean, and who has a right to it? Jeremy Waldron takes up these two neglected areas of politics and philosophy. In doing so he crosses territory already marked out by John Rawls and Ronald Dworkin, which means the discussion will build on those two authors. But he also takes up the argument for private property laid out during that same era by Robert Nozick. Waldron casts a wide net in order to look at the concept of private property from every angle. This wide scope ...more
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