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Provisional PoliticsKantian Arguments in Policy Context$
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Elisabeth Ellis

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300125221

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300125221.001.0001

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Provisionality and Property

Provisionality and Property

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Provisional Politics

Elisabeth Ellis

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the role that provisionalism plays in property rights. The discussion of property rights among philosophers and political theorists often covers one of two categories: either property rights are perceived as self-evident natural rights, or property rights are the product of interested narratives and treated as mere illusions or guides. Provisionalism, on the other hand, rejects both of these perspectives. The concept of provisionalism suggests, instead, that property rights should be understood as context-sensitive claims for authority in a dynamic political environment. The provisional argument made in the book, then, begins with Kant's principle of provisional right. It examines Kant's insights regarding the matter of property rights and contract theory, particularly Kant's arguments for the provisional recognition of property rights in context. The essence of the argument of the chapter, then, is that a discussion on rights in never conclusively true, but rather often provisionally useful.

Keywords:   provisionalism, property rights, provisional argument, Kant, contract theory, provisional recognition of property rights

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