Fichte on property rights and coercion

Nomer, Nedim (2019) Fichte on property rights and coercion. In: Hoeltzel, Steven, (ed.) The Palgrave Fichte Handbook. Palgrave Handbooks in German Idealism. Palgrave Macmillan, Switzerland, pp. 309-328. ISBN 978-3-030-26507-6 (Print) 978-3-030-26508-3 (Online)

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This chapter is an attempt to resolve two sets of disagreements on Fichte’s theory of right. One disagreement concerns the content of Fichtean property rights, and the other is about the role of coercion in the formation of the Fichtean social order. With respect to the first disagreement I argue that it stems from the mistaken assumption that Fichte is committed to a particular universally applicable right to property. Once this assumption is dropped, it is possible to appreciate the variety of such rights that his theory can support. With respect to the second disagreement I argue that Fichte does not see a necessary conflict between coercion and freedom; in fact, he believes coercion is conducive to the formation of rightful relations among free persons.
Item Type: Book Section / Chapter
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Political Science
Depositing User: Nedim Nomer
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2020 13:16
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2023 12:09

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