Property and proprietor in the settecentesque nomos: an essay based on Daniels Defoe's Robinson Crusoe

Ralphael Martins

Abstract


Based on Daniel Defoe’s novel, The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner:Written by Himself, this essay tries to recreate a certain conception of Property Right that took place in the settecentesque Nomos. As shown in the article, this Nomos represents an axiological spin moment for the proprietor’s statute, that changed from a reicentric perspective to an anthropocentric one. Therefore we aim at reconstructing this perspective of Propriety Right with the elements provided by Defoe’s book, specially the narrative of Robinson Crusoe’s process to claim the island as his own.

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