The Metaphysics of Locke's Labour View

Peter Martin Jaworski

Georgetown University


Locke Studies, vol. 11: 73-106, 2011

This paper is an evaluation of John Locke's labour theory of property. Section I sets out Locke's labour view. Section II addresses several possible objections, including against the conceptual coherence of Locke's argument, against the metaphysical implications of his view, as well as foundational criticisms of the moral significance of labour and of my relations with objects that are grounded in labour under certain conditions and circumstances. I attempt to address each of these criticisms in a Lockian spirit, which will require strange metaphysical moves. The final Section raises further objections that are more significant because they cannot be squared with the labour view.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 34

Keywords: Property, Property Rights, Property Theory, John Locke, Locke, Labour, Labour theory of property

JEL Classification: B12, B31

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Date posted: December 16, 2012  

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Jaworski, Peter Martin, The Metaphysics of Locke's Labour View (2011). Locke Studies, vol. 11: 73-106, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2185063

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