G.S. Alexander's scientific contributions

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Book
Many people assume that what morally justifies private ownership of property is either individual freedom or social welfare, defined in terms of maximizing personal preference-satisfaction. This book offers an alternative way of understanding the moral underpinning of private ownership of property. Rather than identifying any single moral value, th...

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... Accordingly, obligations emerge to secure reciprocity between individuals who recognize each other's entitlements to further the "primacy of individual preferences" (Alexander 2018, 45). Moreover, the ownership model's "thin conception" (Alexander 2009, 751) of the social-obligation norm is based on the harm-principle (Epstein 1995), a negative obligation to conduct oneself in ways that avoid harming others (Alexander 2018). Bradley Bryan (2000, 14) characterizes the resulting relations between the owner and others, noting that they "have increasingly become transactional in nature: they are no longer founded in any real understanding of moral obligation or foundational sense of duty other than mutual expediency". ...