Proudhon: What is Property?

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Februar 1994



This is a new 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 critique of private property as at once the essential institution of Western culture and the root cause of greed, corruption, political tyranny, social division, and violation of natural law. A critical and historical introduction situates Proudhon's 'diabolical work' (as he called it) in the context of nineteenth-century social and legal controversy and of the history of political thought in general.


1. Method followed in this work; 2. Property considered as a natural right; 3. Labor as the efficient cause of the domain of property; 4. That property is impossible: demonstration; 5. Psychological exposition of the idea of the just and the unjust and the determination of the principle of government and right.
EAN: 9780521405560
ISBN: 0521405564
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought'. facsim. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Cambridge University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 1994
Seitenanzahl: 270 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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