Two Concepts of Property: Ownership of Things and Property in Activities

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Title Two Concepts of Property: Ownership of Things and Property in Activities
Author Breakey, Hugh Edmond
Journal Name The Philosophical Forum
Editor Douglas Lackey
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Abstract Property in Activities is a distinct and integrated property-concept applying directly, not to things, but to actions. It describes a determinate ethico-political relation to a particular activity – a relation that may (but equally may not) subsequently effect a wide variety of relations to some thing. Property in Activities illuminates many of the vexing problem cases in property theory, including communal, intangible, fugacious, hunting, fishing, customary and recreation property rights. The same is true of property in various sectors of law, in philosophical arguments such as Locke’s, and in historical usage prior to the nineteenth century. By illustrating how one stable concept can resolve this myriad of otherwise puzzling cases, I argue that Property in Activities is as important a concept as Ownership of Things.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
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Copyright Statement Self-archiving of the author-manuscript version is not yet supported by this journal. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version or contact the author[s] for more information.
Volume 42
Issue Number 3
Page from 239
Page to 265
ISSN 0031-806X
Date Accessioned 2012-02-23; 2012-03-07T05:36:50Z
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Ethical Theory
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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