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A Perplexed Philosopher

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Henry George

1892

Introduction

The Reason for this Examination

Part I / Declaration

Chapter I:      Social Statics - The Right to Land



Chapter II:     The Incongruous Passage



Chapter III:    Social Statics - The Right of Property



Chapter IV:     Mr. Spencer's confusion as to Rights



Chapter V:      Mr. Spencer's confusion as to Value



Chapter VI:     From Social Statics to Political Institutions

Part II / Repudiation

Chapter I:       Letter to St. James's Gazette



Chapter II:      The Man versus The State



Chapter III:      Letter to The Times



Chapter IV:     This Apology Examined



Chapter V:      Second Letter to The Times


Chapter VI:     More Letters

Part III / Recantation

Chapter I The Fate of Social Statics



Chapter II        The Place of Justice in the Synthetic Philosophy



Chapter III       The Synthetic Philosophy



Chapter IV       The Idea of Justice in the the Synthetic Phil.



Chapter V        Mr. Spencer's Task



Chapter VI       "The Rights to the Use of Natural Media"



Chapter VII      Justice on the Right to Light and Air



Chapter VIII    Justice on the Right to Land


Chapter IX      Justice—The Right of Property


Chapter X        The Right of Property and the Right of Taxation



Chapter XI      Compensation



Chapter XII       Justice—"The Land Question"



Chapter XIII      Principal Brown

Conclusion

The Moral of this Examination

 

 

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Some things are by nature itself incapable of appropriation, so that they cannot be brought under the power of any one. These got the name of res communes by the Roman law; and were defined, things the property of which belongs to no person, but the use to all. Thus, the light, the air, running water, etc., are so adapted to the common use of mankind, that no individual can acquire a property in them, or deprive others of their use." (An Institute of the Law of Scotland, by John Erskine (ed. Macallan), i., 196.)


     But though light and air cannot be monopolized, the distribution of them may be interfered with by one man to the partial deprivation of another man—may be so interfered with as to inflict serious injury upon him.

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