Compare Augustine, Aquinas and Locke regarding their views on the basis of ownership. see below addtl. info and instructions
When one thinks about it, the idea of private property seems rather strange. If i were alone aon a desert island, what would it mean to say that I Ownedthe island or that the island, or anything on it, rightfully Belongedto me? In this situation, what would be the difference between my owning something and my not owning it? It seems that for an object to genuinely belong to me, this relationship of owning or belonging must rest on something, either the laws of the state or the will of God or something else.
I would like you to compare Augustine, Aquinas & Locke regarding their views on the basis of ownership. The portions of Augustine which you should read are Section #50 of Letter #93 (pp. 244-245 in your text) & the selection from Tractates on John VI, 25-26 (PP. 248-249). [The background of theses writings is this: The (then Catholic) Roman state had recently confiscated some property from some Christian heretics because of their heresy, and the heretics were complaining that they had been unjustly treated. Augustine is responding here to their complaints.] The relevant portions of Aquinas are Articles #1 adn #2 of Qustion 66 and Article #7 of Question 66. The relevant part of Locke is in his Second Treatise of Government, Ch. V, sections #25-34 (oo. 18-22 in your text).
Describe as fully as you can, each thinkers view of ownership, focussing on the following questions: (1) What does my real, legitimate ownership of something depend on, exactly? What justifies my claim that a particular thing Belongsto me? (2) Given what ownership essentially is, what sorts of things can I own? (Can I own the moon?) Particularly, can it make sense to say that I own another human being? Why or why not?
Having then compared Augustine, Aquinas, and Locke on the subject of ownership, you might then try to say something interesting about which of these thinkers seems to you to make the most sense, adn why.
The paper should be 5 pages in length, or more.