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John Locke and Property as a Human Right Today. Edition No. 1
VDM Publishing House, August 2009, Pages: 192
Experience shows that no human person or society can survive or advance without the use of certain valuable resources. This is why various societies and thinkers have promoted differing forms of ownership regimes as essential for the advancement of human society. The author presents a rich and thought-provoking account of one of modernity's staunchest defenders of the right to ownership of private property, and this includes a probing analysis of Locke's religious-cum-secular arguments. Using a range of modern and postmodern political philosophers as well as legal theorists, the author argues in favour of what he calls "personal ownership" as a possible alternative to exclusive private ownership. He claims that this overcomes some of the snags inherent in Locke's theory of private property while remaining more true to the key principles of sufficiency and non-spoliation. Like Locke, the author affirms the human right of all to property, but goes farther to propose this new and refreshing theory of personal ownership that is based on the norm of responsibility, inclusiveness, and environmental sustainability.
Enyeribe Oguh, SJ is a Nigerian and holds an MPhil in Justice and Conflict Resolution from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He was a lecturer in Philosophy and Transitional Justice at Arrupe Jesuit College in Harare, Zimbabwe and has published articles in Human rights, Social Justice, and Ethics of International development.