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By Gopal Sreenivasan

This publication discusses Locke's concept of estate from either a serious and an interpretative point of view. the writer first develops a entire interpretation of Locke's argument for the legitimacy of personal estate, after which examines the level to which the argument is absolutely serviceable in protection of that establishment. He contends purified model of Locke's argument--one that clings constantly to the good judgment of Locke's textual content whereas except concerns extraneous to his logic--actually does determine the legitimacy of a sort of personal estate. This model, that is either defensible in modern, secular phrases and is, primarily, egalitarian, should still galvanize a reassessment of the character of Locke's relevance to modern discussions of distributive justice.


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These two natural rights may be distinguished by considering the particular duty each right imposes on others when possessed by a rights-bearer. ' Quoted in Laslett, Introduction to Two Treatises of Government, p. 49. Locke's derivation of a third law of nature, the assignment and rendering of 'praise, honour, and glory' to God, is equally similar. See J. Locke, Essays on the Law of Nature, ed. W. von Leyden (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1954), fourth essay, ff. 59-61, p. 157. References to this work, hereinafter abbreviated ELN, give both the folio pagination of Locke's Latin text and the pagination of von Leyden's English translation.

Ryan, Property and Political Theory (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1984), p. 30; Buckle, Natural Law, pp. 152n, 165, 175, 183-87. Property without Consent 27 Despite the text, some commentators persist in glossing Locke's initial community as a negative community because of the very broad sense in which they understand negative community. '24 Let us separate the important point here from the purely verbal question. Obviously positive community can be defined so as to preclude a solution to the consent problem,25 and equally obviously Locke did not assert it in this sense.

Central to Tully's interpretation of Locke's solution is a distinction drawn by C. B. Macpherson between an exclusive and an inclusive right. An exclusive right confers the right to exclude others from that to which the right refers; an inclusive right confers the right to be included in, that is, not to be excluded from, that to which the right refers. What Locke's commoners possess, Tully holds, is an inclusive natural right: a right not to be excluded from the use of the common—the earth, the inferior creatures, and so on.

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