An Introduction to Property Theory

CAMBRIDGE INTRODUCTIONS TO PHILOSOPHY AND LAW, Cambridge University Press, 2012

Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-15

9 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2012  

Eduardo M. Penalver

Cornell University - Law School

Gregory S. Alexander

Cornell Law School

Date Written: April 17, 2012

Abstract

This book surveys the leading modern theories of property – Lockean, libertarian, utilitarian/law-and-economics, personhood, Kantian, and human flourishing – and then applies those theories to concrete contexts in which property issues have been espe- cially controversial. These include redistribution, the right to exclude, regulatory takings, eminent domain, and intellectual property. The book highlights the Aristotelian human flourishing theory of property, providing the most comprehensive and accessible introduction to that theory to date. The book’s goal is neither to cover every conceivable theory nor to discuss every possible facet of the theories covered. Instead, it aims to make the major property theories comprehensible to beginners, without sacrificing accuracy or sophistication. The book will be of particular interest to students seeking an accessible introduction to contemporary theories of property, but even specialists will benefit from the book’s lucid descriptions of contemporary debates.

Keywords: Locke, Hobbes, Kant, philosophy, property, takings, eminent domain, Aristotole

Suggested Citation

Penalver, Eduardo M. and Alexander, Gregory S., An Introduction to Property Theory (April 17, 2012). CAMBRIDGE INTRODUCTIONS TO PHILOSOPHY AND LAW, Cambridge University Press, 2012; Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-15. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2041517

Eduardo Moises Penalver (Contact Author)

Cornell University - Law School ( email )

Myron Taylor Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
United States

Gregory S. Alexander

Cornell Law School ( email )

Myron Taylor Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
United States
607-255-3504 (Phone)
607-255-7193 (Fax)

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