Proudhon: What is Property?, Paperback



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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 270 pages, facsim.
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of ideas
  • ISBN: 9780521405560



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