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Single Idea 21090

[catalogued under 25. Society / C. Social Justice / 4. Legal Rights / c. Property rights]

Full Idea

Whatever someone has himself substantially made is his own undisputed property.

Gist of Idea

If someone has largely made something, then they own it


Immanuel Kant (Metaphysics of Morals I: Doctrine of Right [1797], 55)

A Reaction

To this extent Kant offers clear agreement with Locke about a self-evident property right. Ownership of land is the controversial bit.

Book Reference

Kant,Immanuel: 'Political Writings', ed/tr. Reiss,Hans [CUP 1996], p.166