Property, Human Flourishing, and St Thomas Aquinas: Assessing a Contemporary Revival

(2018) 31 Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 197

Posted: 5 Jan 2020

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Rachael Walsh

School of Law, Trinity College Dublin

Date Written: December 12, 2019

Abstract

This article explores Aquinas’ views on property in the context of the revival of interest in Thomistic property thinking in the ‘human flourishing’ perspective on property. It highlights a broad coherence with the aims of human flourishing property theory, and progressive property theory more generally. At the same time, it argues that where property theorists use Aquinas’ views as direct authority for arguments concerning current property dilemmas, complex interpretative issues arise, which cast into sharp relief foundational questions concerning the balance between voluntary and legally compelled redistribution, and between public and private law measures, for progressive property theory.

Keywords: Property Theory, Property Law

Suggested Citation

Walsh, Rachael, Property, Human Flourishing, and St Thomas Aquinas: Assessing a Contemporary Revival (December 12, 2019). (2018) 31 Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 197. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3502885

Rachael Walsh (Contact Author)

School of Law, Trinity College Dublin ( email )

Ireland

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