Aristotle's View Of Private Property

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Throughout our readings, we have been able to compare and contrast major arguments between the authors of each reading. One of such arguments was the place of private property. Aristotle, Plutarch, Locke, Madison, and Friedman all had some argument regarding this issue. Each author also somewhat explained how private property could relate to the ends of government. Each author has a different approach within this topic, but my plan is to try and connect the author’s opinions. First, we will look at Aristotle’s opinion on it. Aristotle believed in virtues, vices, and values. His classical virtues were courage, temperance, liberality, magnificence, great-souledness, gentleness, and justice. According to Aristotle, problems that people associate …show more content…
He shows the origin of private property and also justifies the inequality of property just as Lycurgus does. Having passion for reason, he defended that people have rights to life, liberty, and property (Locke). Locke suggests that someone should only have property if they have personally labored for it. He does also say that even in the state of nature, property can become someone’s. Private property in the state of nature was one of Locke’s bigger arguments. According to Locke, the consequence of increase is to market the original condition in the state of nature impossible. Locke’s approach is different because he actually thought about the protection of people’s lives and put their liberty into the equation. He considered life and liberty property and continuously supported the idea of the protection of property. He also touched on private property in a civil society and how labor no longer gives title to property in this situation (Locke). The ultimate question then is, “What determines the right to posses property in a civil society?” The ends of a civil society involve avoiding the troubles of the state of nature and every man should be judged into his own case. Therefore, the ends of government are the preservation of property, the good of community, and the good of mankind

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