The Abuse of Property

The Abuse of Property - Untimely Meditations

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A fundamental critique of the current property regime, calling for radical social and political change. In The Abuse of Property, Daniel Loick offers a multifaceted philosophical critique of the concept of property, broadly understood. He argues that property should not be the dominant framework in which human beings regulate the use of things, that property is not the same as use. Property rights, in his view, are not conditions of freedom or justice, but deficient, dysfunctional, and harmful ways of interacting with other people and the natural environment. He dissects not only the classic justifications of property (from John Locke's justification of property as a natural right based on individual freedom to Hegel's justification of property as a form of mutual recognition) but also the classic critiques of property, from Proudhon and Marx up to Adorno and Agamben. Through an innovative critical approach to legal studies, Loick demonstrates how the concept of property, historically applied to things and people and still a linchpin of our distorted relation with the world, forms a direct line from the Occupy movement to Black Lives Matter and beyond.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262545501
Publisher: The MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 323.46
DEWEY edition: 23/eng/20220623
Language: English
Number of pages: cm.
Weight: 128g
Height: 114mm
Width: 178mm
Spine width: 12mm