Philosophical Review 106 (4):587 (1997)

Gopal Sreenivasan
Duke University
Andrew Williams
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
The volume consists of two parts, of which the former describes the two central elements of Locke’s account. First, Sreenivasan explains how he understands Locke’s attempt to show that common ownership of natural resources is consistent with the existence of a procedure whereby private ownership rights can be acquired without universal agreement. Solving this consent problem, Locke construes common ownership as involving merely a right to those conditions necessary for self-preservation. He then argues that where non-appropriators are left with enough to achieve subsistence, unilateral appropriation does not violate such a right. Locke’s sufficiency condition ensures this by requiring that the able-bodied must have access to the relevant production or employment opportunities, while the disabled must be capable of subsisting through charity.
Keywords Analytic Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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DOI 10.2307/2998516
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