Social Theory and Practice

Volume 48, Issue 3, July 2022

Fabian WendtOrcid-ID
Pages 583-605

The Project Pursuit Argument for Self-Ownership and Private Property

The article argues that persons should be conceived as self-owners and entitled to acquire private property within justifiable property conventions because they should be able to live as project pursuers. This is the ‘project pursuit argument’. It leads to a conception of self-ownership that is stringent, but weaker than standard libertarian notions of self-ownership, and to an understanding of private property as a convention that has to meet a sufficientarian threshold in order to be justifiable.