Hunger, Need, and the Boundaries of Lockean Property

Dialogue 58 (3):527-552 (2019)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Locke’s property rights are now usually understood to be both fundamental and strictly negative. Fundamental because they are thought to be basic constraints on what we may do, unconstrained by anything deeper. Negative because they are thought to only protect a property holder against the claims of others. Here, I argue that this widespread interpretation is mistaken. For Locke, property rights are constrained by the deeper ‘fundamental law of nature,’ which involves positive obligations to those in need and confines the right to excess property within circumstances where it is not needed to preserve human life.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Upload history
Archival date: 2018-06-24
View other versions
Added to PP index

Total views
163 ( #35,689 of 64,251 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
15 ( #38,988 of 64,251 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.