Few concepts in law have undergone such profound changes during the past three quarters of a century as the concept of property. The dust has not yet settled and shows no signs of settling in the near future. The literature from the strictly legal perspective on property has been voluminous in recent years. Yet, prior to Locke’s rather spare examination of property in law one finds little or no serious treatment of the topic. In philosophy, during the last two decades, we begin to find that property has become an appropriate area for philosophical investigation. In the main, the philosophical concern with property has been centered on the justification of private property and the relation between traditiional assumptions connected with private property and the issues of property rights as they relate to the problems of rights in general.
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