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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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(p.150) 6 Conclusions
Provisional Politics

Elisabeth Ellis

Yale University Press

This chapter consolidates the conclusions that have been derived from the discussion of provisional right. Environmental policy is a limit case for provisional right. Provisional theory recognizes that for individuals to exercise substantive freedom, they must have access to their means of substinence. As a result, certain private property rights should indeed be protected so as to render citizen autonomy practicable and achievable. Just because provisional theory recognizes this, however, does not mean that property rights hold an a priori status. Limited property rights, then, are justified by provisionally and hypothetically in the name of the complex imperatives of modern politics. Thus the chapter discusses the political and ethical questions that surround provisional theory and its policies.

Keywords:   provisional right, environmental policy, provisional theory, private property rights, citizen autonomy, limited property rights, modern politics

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