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- xxvi, 387 p. ; 24 cm.
- Bridging the gulf between juristic writing on property and speculations about it appearing in the tradition of western political philosophy, Professor Harris has built from entirely new foundations an analytical framework for understanding the nature of property and its connection with justice. Property and Justice ranges over natural property rights; property as a prerequisite of freedom; incentives and markets; demands for equality of resources; property as domination; property and basic needs; and the question of whether property should be extended to information and to human bodily parts. It maintains that property institutions deal both with the use of things and the allocation of wealth, and that everyone has a 'right' that society should provide such an institution.Includes bibliographical references (p.-378) and index.Pt. I. What is Property? 1. Introduction. 2. Imaginary Societies. 3. Minimal Structure. 4. Building upon the Minimal Structure. 5. Ownership as an Organizing Idea. 6. Ownership as a Principle. 7. Private and Non-private Property. 8. Person-Thing and Person-Person Relations. 9. What Property is -- Pt. II. Is Property Just? 10. The Agenda. 11. Natural Property Rights and Labour. 12. Natural Property Rights and the Assault Analogy. 13. Property and Freedom. 14. Against Property Freedoms. 15. The Instrumental Values of Property. 16. Alleged Dominating Principles. 17. The Limits of Property. 18. Property is Just, to a Degree, Sometimes.When philosophers put forward claims for or against 'property', it is often unclear whether they are talking about the same thing that lawyers mean by 'property'. Likewise, when lawyers appeal to 'justice' in interpreting or criticizing legal rules, we do not know whether they have in mind something that philosophers would recognize as 'justice'.