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Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 12, Issue 2, Summer 2005

The Ownership of Common Goods

Murray Hofmans-Sheard
Pages 3-9

Preserving Common Rights Within Private Property
A Lockean Reconciliation

I develop an account of private property that preserves public participation and access. A focus on the initial state of common ownership, labour, and the proviso reveals that standard Lockean defences of property ignore important common interests. In consequence, property rights over environmentally significant goods must be less strong than full liberal rights, and I show how these will be designed.

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