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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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What Property Is

What Property Is

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(p.139) 9 What Property Is
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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/9780199251407.003.0009

Property comprises (1) ownership and quasi-ownership interests in things; (2) other rights over such things which are enforceable against all-comers; (3) money; and (4) cashable rights. This chapter argues that this definition of property tracks a wide range of conventional property talk, but also contains a large element of stipulation. It discusses how there is no ‘true’ property, property as things and property as wealth, social heuristics, Reich's new property, constitutional theory, and MacPherson's political property-rhetoric.

Keywords:   ownership, property, Reich, MacPherson, social heuristics, wealth

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