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Hunger, need, and Locke's theory of property (Iwaasa Lecture on Urban Theology)

Date & Time:
November 3, 2015 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Scotia Bank Milling Area, Rozsa Centre

John Locke’s influential theory of property rights is often taken as endorsing unlimited acquisition of wealth with nothing owed to those in need. This ignores both the logical structure and theological context of Locke’s actual views about property rights and obligations. In this lecture Dr. Dick shows how, in Locke’s theory, both property rights and charitable obligations have the same origin and justification: the fundamental law of nature. This law is nothing more than God’s command to preserve all human life. Far from being a system of limitless individual acquisition, Locke’s theory is built on substantial human obligations to each other and to those in need