Proudhon: What is Property?

Proudhon: What is Property?

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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 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 18mm | 381.02g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • facsim.
  • 0521405564
  • 9780521405560
  • 361,232

Table of contents

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.
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