Journal of Libertarian Studies

The Proprietary Theory of Justice in the Libertarian Tradition

The Journal of Libertarian Studies

The central ideas of contemporary libertarianism have taken many centuries to evolve. The single most important aspect of libertarian theory to have emerged during this time is the concept of proprietary justice. The proprietary theory of justice is concerned with just one thing: the crucial determination of just versus unjust property titles of individuals in their own bodies and in the material objects around them. The determination of property titles is highly critical because, in the deepest sense, all property is ultimately private.

Volume 6, Number 3 (1982)


Watner, Carl. “The Proprietary Theory of Justice in the Libertarian Tradition.” Journal of Libertarian Studies 6, No. 3 (1982): 289–316.

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