Includes bibliographical references (pages 238-261) and index.
Plato's "communism", Aristotle's critique and Proclus' response -- Plato's "communism" : from late antiquity via Islamic Spain to the Renaissance -- Renunciation and communality : thinking through the primitive Church -- The poverty of Christ : crises of asceticism from the Pelagians to the Franciscans -- The state of nature and the origin of private property : Hesiod to William of Ockham -- The state of nature and the origin of private property : Grotius to Hegel -- Property as a legal right -- Property as a human right.
This work explores the historical development of some central themes about property through the ages.
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