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Property and Justice$
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J. W. Harris

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199251407

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251407.001.0001

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Alleged Dominating Principles

Alleged Dominating Principles

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(p.307) 16 Alleged Dominating Principles
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Property and Justice
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J. W. HARRIS

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251407.003.0016

This chapter considers two other candidates for dominating principles: equality of resources and social convention. The advocate of equality of resources asks us to lift the totality of resources over which a property institution reigns out of its historical setting and to regard it as a cake sliceable into arithmetically equal divisions. The advocate of social convention, in contrast, recommends us to defer the property conventions by which people actually live. Either principle would yield moral property rights within the sixth of the seven categories of property rights.

Keywords:   equality of resources, social convention, property rights, property conventions

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