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Title: The education of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, 1836-39
Author: Castleton, E. L.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2007
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The dissertation traces the genesis of Proudhon’s famous conclusion that ‘property is theft’. It does this by examining in extensive detail the sorts of books Proudhon read and took notes on before he embarked upon writing his famous pamphlet, What is Property?. First it addresses Proudhon’s early interest in comparative linguistics and philology. It then examines his study of contemporary philosophical issues, his continued attachment to religious discussions, and his interest in Biblical history. Finally, it examines his prize essay on the Sabbath and his exploration of the particular political foresight of primitive legislators such as Moses. It concludes by suggesting how the issues he probed while researching this essay illuminated for him the problematic nature of exclusive ownership.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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