Against individualistic justifications of property rights

Utilitas 18 (2):154-172 (2006)
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’.
Keywords Journal Article   Human rights   Right of property   Intellectual property Philosophy
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DOI 10.1017/S0953820806001968
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Rowan Cruft (2005). Human Rights, Individualism and Cultural Diversity. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 8 (3):265-287.
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