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Rawls's Thin (Millean) Defense of Private Property

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Title: Rawls's Thin (Millean) Defense of Private Property
Author(s): Persky, Joseph J.
Subject(s): private property Rawls
Abstract: This article suggests that Rawls's break with early utilitarians is not so much over the greatest happiness principle as it is over the relation of the institution of private property to justice. In this respect Rawls is very close to John Stuart Mill, arguing for a cleansed or tamed version of the institution. That said, Rawls's defense of private property remains very thin and highly idealized, again following Mill. If Hume and Bentham fail to demonstrate their claims, Rawls and Mill do little better. Rawls, like Mill, has constructed a challenging standard, admits to severe limitations on our empirical knowledge, and remains deeply ambivalent over the role of private property.
Issue Date: 2010-06
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Citation Info: Persky, J. 2010. Rawls's thin (Millean) defense of private property. Utilitas, 22(2): 134-147. DOI: 10.1017/S0953820810000051.
Type: Article
Description: © 2010 by Cambridge University Press, Utilitas DOI: 10.1017/S0953820810000051.
ISSN: 0953-8208
Date Available in INDIGO: 2012-06-25

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