David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
One influential approach to environmental problems holds that their solution requires the definition of full liberal property rights over goods that will enable their value to be registered in actual or hypothetical markets. How adequate is that solution? In this paper I offer reasons to be sceptical, by placing recent liberal arguments in the context of older debates about property, in particular those concerned with the distribution of care. Although proposals for the extension of liberal property rights over environmental goods often appeal to arguments from the need to distribute care, I show that there are conflicts between them. Care for particular places that embody the life of a community that has an existence over time is often expressed through resistance to liberal property rights. We express mutual obligations to members of a community through a denial of exclusive property rights over certain common goods. Also, what constitutes care for environmental goods itself is contested across class, occupation, culture, and history. Conflicts between those with different conceptions of care are often expressed through conflicts in property rights. The justification of property rights by appeal to particular accounts of proper care has, from the time of Locke to the present, been invoked to legitimate the appropriation of goods. The introduction and maintenance of liberal property-rights regimes involves the creation and sustenance of a particular distribution of social power, and should be understood as such.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Cristian Timmermann & Zoë Robaey (2016). Agrobiodiversity Under Different Property Regimes. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 29 (2):285-303.
Similar books and articles
Larry May (1986). Corporate Property Rights. Journal of Business Ethics 5 (3):225 - 232.
Murray Hofmans-Sheard (2005). Preserving Common Rights Within Private Property. Philosophy in the Contemporary World 12 (2):3-9.
J. M. Elegido (1995). Intrinsic Limitations of Property Rights. Journal of Business Ethics 14 (5):411 - 416.
Friedrich Heubel (1995). A Kantian Argument in Favor of Unimpeded Access to Health Care. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 16 (2).
Robert E. Goodin (1990). Property Rights and Preservationist Duties. Inquiry 33 (4):401 – 432.
Murray Sheard (2007). Sustainability and Property Rights in Environmental Resources. Environmental Ethics 29 (4):389-401.
Rowan Cruft (2006). Against Individualistic Justifications of Property Rights. Utilitas 18 (2):154-172.
James Tully (1980). A Discourse on Property: John Locke and His Adversaries. Cambridge University Press.
Deryck Beyleveld & Roger Brownsword (2000). My Body, My Body Parts, My Property? Health Care Analysis 8 (2):87-99.
Jeremy Waldron (1990). The Right to Private Property. Clarendon Press.
Hans-Hermann Hoppe (2011). Of Private, Common, and Public Property and the Rationale for Total Privatization. Libertarian Papers 3.
Hugh Breakey (2011). Two Concepts of Property: Ownership of Things and Property in Activities. Philosophical Forum 42 (3):239-265.
Added to index2011-01-29
Total downloads5 ( #524,606 of 1,911,524 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #457,720 of 1,911,524 )
How can I increase my downloads?