Utilitas

Utilitas (2006), 18:2:154-172 Cambridge University Press
Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2006
doi:10.1017/S0953820806001968

Against Individualistic Justifications of Property Rights


ROWAN CRUFT a1
a1 University of Stirling Rowan.Cruft@stir.ac.uk

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Abstract

In this article I argue that, despite the views of such theorists as Locke, Hart and Raz, most of a person's property rights cannot be individualistically justified. Instead most property rights, if justified at all, must be justified on non-individualistic (e.g. consequentialist) grounds. This, I suggest, implies that most property rights cannot be morally fundamental ‘human rights’.



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