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A moral justification of property rights

(Reposted from a discussion thread in my Property class)

We have been introduced to four different theories of property rights in class (Hegel’s Personhood; Locke’s Labor; Civic Republican and Bentham’s Utilitarian). None of these, in my view, give any semblance of proper moral justification of why property rights should exist or be protected by law. Here are a few quotes (and links) to get you started on what I consider a proper moral view of property rights. Continue reading