Single Idea 22813

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / C. Rights / 4. Property rights]

Full Idea

It is standardly said that we need the right to property as an essential underpinning of life, but this is patently not true. …In reality it is actually seen as an essential part of a life of independence.

Gist of Idea

Property is not essential for life, but it may be essential for independence


Charles Taylor (Atomism [1979], p.41)

Book Reference

'Communitarianism and Individualism', ed/tr. Avineri,S. /de-Shalit,A. [OUP 1992], p.41

A Reaction

Hence it has a high value for liberals, for whom an independent life is the prime social aspiration. The law of trespass will define the degree of independence provided by property.