For and against ownership: William Godwin's theory of property

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dc.contributor.author Lamb, Robert en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-29T14:18:30Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T11:43:31Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T16:31:11Z
dc.date.issued 2009-03 en_GB
dc.description.abstract This article offers an interpretation of British philosopher William Godwin's theory of property ownership, as outlined in his Enquiry Concerning Political Justice. Godwin's work can be read as presenting an incoherent account of property rights, which, on the one hand, justifies its existence on seemingly utilitarian grounds while, on the other, impugns its legitimacy on egalitarian grounds. But the contradiction apparent in Godwin's position is actually illusory and can in fact be plausibly interpreted as comprising a coherent two-level understanding of political morality, wherein the right to own private property is best comprehended as a “right to do wrong.” en_GB
dc.identifier.citation 71(2), pp.275-302 en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.1017/S0034670509000345 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/71853 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en_GB
dc.relation.url http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=ROP&volumeId=71&issueId=02&iid=5648012# en_GB
dc.relation.url http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=5648064&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S0034670509000345 en_GB
dc.subject Godwin, William en_GB
dc.subject property en_GB
dc.subject ownership en_GB
dc.title For and against ownership: William Godwin's theory of property en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2009-06-29T14:18:30Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T11:43:31Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T16:31:11Z
dc.identifier.issn 0034-6705 en_GB
dc.description © 2009 University of Notre Dame. 12 month embargo by the publisher. Article will be released in April 2010. en_GB
dc.identifier.eissn 1748-6858 en_GB
dc.identifier.journal The Review of Politics en_GB


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