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  • Print publication year: 2021
  • Online publication date: March 2021

1 - Liberal Property

Summary

A long tradition in Western political thought connects property and liberalism. John Locke is probably the most familiar liberal theorist to give property a place of honor in his account of the state. But Locke, whose property theory is fraught with difficulties, is certainly not the only one. The right to property is often understood as one of the necessary implications of the status of individual natural persons as free and equal, which may explain its inclusion in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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