Man and Matter: A Philosophical Inquiry into the Justification of Ownership in Land from the Basis of Self-Ownership
Abstract: This study seeks to investigate the nature of ownership of land and how the right to its control and use can be inferred from self-ownership as a premise. Hence, the question asked is how ownership (of land) can be justified considering the nature of man from a natural rights point of view. The starting point for the argument is self-ownership as being, where man is identified as an indivisible entirety with inalienable rights to his self emanating from his complex nature. This identification is the point of departure in examining the relation between man and the world and the concept of ownership. The right to self implies the right to use externals through his choice to ?focus his consciousness? in order to achieve values beneficial to his being. The discussion on ownership, as inferred from self-ownership as being, ends in a discussion on the distinct features of land and how ownership of such can be obtained. The conclusion is that man as a rights-bearer to self can obtain natural use-rights through possession and constructive use of resources, which are valid throughout the value-achieving process.
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