Work of the Fellows: Translations; Edited Volumes

What Is Property? = Qu’est-ce que la propriété?

By Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
Edited and translated by Donald R. Kelley (NHC Fellow, 1984–85) and Bonnie G. Smith

Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1994

From the publisher’s description:

This is a 1994 translation of one of the classics of the traditions of anarchism and socialism. Pierre-Joseph Proudhon was a contemporary of Marx and one of the most acute, influential and subversive critics of modern French and European society. His What is Property? (1840) produced the answer 'Property is theft'; the book itself has become a classic of political thought through its wide-ranging and deep-reaching critique of private property as at once the essential institution of Western culture and the root cause of greed, corruption, political tyranny, social division and violation of natural law. A critical and historical introduction situates Proudhon's 'diabolical work' (as he called it) in the context of nineteenth-century social and legal controversy and of the history of political thought in general

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Kelley, Donald R. (NHC Fellow, 1984–85), ed. and trans. What Is Property? = Qu'est-ce que la propriété?, by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon. Edited and translated by Donald R. Kelley and Bonnie G. Smith. Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1994.