The labor theory of property acquisition

Journal of Philosophy 73 (18):653-664 (1976)
This symposium paper for the APA analyzes Locke's labor theory of property acquisition as a formal argument – or set of alternative arguments – and shows how several of them are indeed sound, if appropriately limited by what amounts to a social welfare proviso. That proviso is, however, strong enough to limit the acquisition of private property in a significant way. The argument here anticipates fuller and more decisive ones in later work by the same author.
Keywords Analytic Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy   Property rights   John Locke   Robert Nozick   Lockean proviso   social welfare proviso
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ISBN(s) 0022-362X  
DOI 10.2307/2025823
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