William of Ockham’s Early Theory of Property Rights: Sources, Texts, and Contexts
Robinson, Jonathan William
Doctor of Philosophy, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto (2010)
A concluding chapter and three appendices round out the dissertation. The first appendix illustrates how Michael of Cesena adapted Bonaventure’s theory of a ‘fourfold community of temporal things’. The second compares the structural interrelationship of the Michaelist texts. The final appendix tabulates Ockham’s use of canon and Roman law with respect to the writings of the pope and the other Michaelists.
This dissertation examines William of Ockham’s theory of property rights in the Opus nonaginta die rum (1332) in the context of the other major Michaelist texts of the period. A corollary of the project is to examine to what extent Ockham, a theologian with no formal training in law, was able to exploit the resources of Roman and canon law to justify his theory of property rights.