John Rawls is widely considered to have been the most important political philosopher of the twentieth century, yet he barely broached the subject of property and ownership. Given his neglect of a topic so vital in the real world and in the history of political thought, Rawls’s theory of “justice as fairness” can hardly be considered complete.

Quentin P. Taylor is an assistant professor of history and political science at Rogers State University, Claremore, Oklahoma.
EconomistsEconomyGovernment and PoliticsLaw and LibertyPhilosophy and ReligionPolitical TheoryProperty Rights, Land Use, and ZoningRegulation
Other Independent Review articles by Quentin P. Taylor
Summer 2016 John Stuart Mill, Political Economist: A Reassessment
Winter 2009/10 Thomas Hobbes, Political Economist: His Changing Historical Fortunes
Winter 2004/05 Money and Politics in the Land of Oz