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What is property?

Author: P -J Proudhon; Donald R Kelley; Bonnie G Smith
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Series: Cambridge texts in the history of political thought.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is a 1994 translation of one of the classics of the traditions of anarchism and socialism. Pierre-Joseph Proudhon was a contemporary of Marx and one of the most acute, influential and subversive critics of modern French and European society. His What is Property? (1840) produced the answer 'Property is theft'; the book itself has become a classic of political thought through its wide-ranging and deep-reaching  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: P -J Proudhon; Donald R Kelley; Bonnie G Smith
ISBN: 0521405556 9780521405553 0521405564 9780521405560
OCLC Number: 27430141
Language Note: Translation of: Qu'est-ce que la propriété?
Notes: Translation of: Qu'est-ce que la propriété?
Description: xxxvii, 225 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Preface --
1. Method followed in this work : idea of a revolution --
2. Property considered as a natural right --
Occupation and civil law as efficient causes of property --
3. Labor as the efficient cause of the domain of property --
Land cannot be appropriated --
Universal consent does not justify property --
Prescription never gives title to property --
Labor : that labor by itself has no power to appropriate the things of nature --
The labor leads to equality of property --
That in society all wages are equal --
That the inequality of faculties is the necessary condition of equality of fortunes --
That, in terms of justice, labor destroys property --
4. That property is impossible : property is physically and mathematically impossible --
Property is impossible because it demands something from nothing --
Property is impossible because wherever it exists, production costs more than it is worth --
Property is impossible because with a given capital production is proportional to labor, not to property --
Property is impossible because it is homicide --
Property is impossible because with it society devours itself --
Property is impossible because it is the mother of tyranny --
Property is impossible because in consuming what it receives it loses it, because in saving it nullifies it, and because in using it as capital it turns it against production --
Property is impossible because its power of accumulation is infinite, while it is exercised only over finite quantities --
Property is impossible because it is powerless against property --
Property is impossible because it is the negative of equality --
5. Psychological exposition of the idea of the just and the unjust and determination of the principle of government and right --
Of the moral sense in man and in animals --
Of the first and second degrees of sociability --
Of the third degree of sociability --
Of the causes of errors : the origin of property --
Characteristics of communism and of property --
Determination of the third social form : conclusions.
Series Title: Cambridge texts in the history of political thought.
Other Titles: Qu'est-ce que la propriété?
Responsibility: Pierre-Joseph Proudhon ; edited and translated by Donald R. Kelley and Bonnie G. Smith.
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