Private Property in America: Land Use and the Ethics of Owning Land

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Private property in the United States arose out of a tradition that emphasized the individual freedom to control holdings without interference from governmental influences. A sharp distinction between society as a whole and individual rights isolated ownership of private property from a notion of the common good. This dualistic framework excludes the possibility for forms of property that do not fall completely into either category. Property ownership attitudes are central to issues that often divide environmentalists and landowners. Property rights must be put in the context to understand the divergence between landowner attitudes and provisions made when the institution of private property was created. Finally, land itself as a type of property should be considered ethically distinct from other forms of property because of the interdependencies of human and nonhuman interests that the science of ecology has revealed.

Creator(s): Grant, Elizabeth Michelle
Creation Date: December 2005
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UNT Theses and Dissertations
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Publisher Name: University of North Texas
Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
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  • Creation: December 2005
  • Digitized: February 12, 2008
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Private property in the United States arose out of a tradition that emphasized the individual freedom to control holdings without interference from governmental influences. A sharp distinction between society as a whole and individual rights isolated ownership of private property from a notion of the common good. This dualistic framework excludes the possibility for forms of property that do not fall completely into either category. Property ownership attitudes are central to issues that often divide environmentalists and landowners. Property rights must be put in the context to understand the divergence between landowner attitudes and provisions made when the institution of private property was created. Finally, land itself as a type of property should be considered ethically distinct from other forms of property because of the interdependencies of human and nonhuman interests that the science of ecology has revealed.

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Level: Master's
Discipline: Philosophy
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Keyword(s): private property | land ownership | ethics of ownership
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UNT Libraries
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UNT Theses and Dissertations
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  • OCLC: 68934053 |
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc4964
Resource Type: Thesis or Dissertation
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Access: Public
License: Copyright
Holder: Grant, Elizabeth Michelle
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