TITLE

Liberty, Equality, and the Boundaries of Ownership: Thomas Paine's Theory of Property Rights

AUTHOR(S)
Lamb, Robert
PUB. DATE
June 2010
SOURCE
Review of Politics;Summer2010, Vol. 72 Issue 3, p483
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Thomas Paine is customarily regarded as a pamphleteer, rhetorician, and polemicist rather than a significant political theorist. This article takes the philosophical content of Paine's thought seriously and argues that his account of property rights constitutes a distinct contribution to theoretical debates on the subject. Drawing on Paine's Agrarian Justice and other writings, this article shows that his theory of property defends a libertarian concern with private ownership that contains within its logic an egalitarian commitment to the redistribution of resources. Paine's justification of property is distinct from that of various other important figures in the history of ideas (including Grotius, Pufendorf, and Locke) and represents his simultaneous commitment to foundational liberal values of individual freedom and moral equality.
ACCESSION #
53895913

Tags: PAINE, Thomas, 1737-1809;  AGRARIAN Justice (Book);  INTELLECTUAL life -- History;  PROPERTY rights;  LOCKE, John, 1632-1704;  JUSTICE (Virtue);  LIBERTY;  POLITICAL science -- Early works to 1800;  ETHICS -- Early works to 1800

 

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