Stoic News

By Dave Kelly

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

We will be arguing, along with Phillip Mitsis, that the Stoics make no claim of a natural right to property, or of rights to any other indifferents, including to their own lives.

"It is hard to see what a property right can mean in a theory that is committed to saying "You have a right to your land. Of course, now that your neighbors have taken it by force and redestributed it among themselves, that is the best thing that could have happened both for you and the world animal" (Mitsis).

So, the preceeding entry, "Cicero's Defense of Property Rights,"and the following entry serve as background.

Right to Private Property [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]

"The right to private property(1) is the social-political principle that adult human beings may not be prohibited or prevented by anyone from acquiring, holding and trading (with willing parties) valued items not already owned by others. Such a right is, thus, unalienable and, if in fact justified, is supposed to enjoy respect and legal protection in a just human community."


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