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(p. 134) 5. The Distribution of Property 

(p. 134) 5. The Distribution of Property
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(p. 134) 5. The Distribution of Property
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Jonathan Wolff

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10.1093/hepl/9780199658015.003.0006
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This chapter examines the concept of distributive justice, asking in particular whether citizens should have the liberty to acquire and dispose of property however they see fit, or whether there are justified restrictions on economic activity in the name of liberty or justice. It begins with a discussion of the problem of distributive justice, taking into account a variety of differing opinions on how a liberal society should distribute property, along with the so-called income parade. It then considers property and markets, focusing on John Locke's ideas, and the free market principle. It also explores John Rawls's theory of justice and some of the criticisms levelled against him, including those by Robert Nozick.

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