Gerald Gaus

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This article argues that political philosophers for the most part have not successfully come to terms with the implications of the modern concept of property. It shows that the fragmentation of property is real and is not easily overcome. It begins in Section 2 by reviewing the bundle-of-rights approach. Section 3 examines several attempts to identify a normative or logical structure to these rights that preserves the classic conception of ownership. Section 4 presents an alternative conception of a regime of strong property rights that should be attractive to classical liberals yet avoids an appeal to the classic idea of ownership, accepting both Grey's fragmentation and the "no things" theses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199968886
ISBN (Print)9780195376692
StatePublished - Jun 18 2012


  • Bundle-of-rights
  • Fragmentation of property
  • Ownership
  • Political philosophers
  • Property rights

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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