Who is the true owner?

If someone (lets call this person P1) rightfully, under Nozick’s first principle*, claims a piece of unowned land and using wood from trees already on the land now belonging to P1, constructs a house for him to live in does the house belong to P1?
Later on another person (lets call this person P2) comes across P1 and his/her house and makes an offer on it. P1 refuses at first so P2 pulls out a gun and holds it at P1’s head, a second (reduced offer) is made and this time P1 accetps and hands ownership of the house and the land over to P2. Under Nozick’s second principle** is P2 now the new legal owner of the land and house?
*Nozick’s first principle: any unowned object can have a claim of ownership staked upon it through the stage of initial acquisition.
**Nozick’s second prinicple: owned objects can only be passed on by mutual agreement between the owner and the receiver this is known as the stage of voluntary transfer.

Posted on April 6, 2008, in ethical/political, philosophical and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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