Food Ethics pp 167-183 | Cite as

Whose Nature – Whose Water? Some Remarks About the History of Ideas, Property and Democracy of Water



First of all this article shows how our comprehension of nature is still influenced by Francis Bacon. Then the author discusses the concept of property as developed by John Locke, which still influences neoliberal theories, followed by a discussion of the concept of the commons and conceivable revisions to it. The article criticizes the privatization of common goods like water and makes claims for sustainable and fair handling of global water resources.


Public Good Private Property Common Good Common Pool Resource Water Governance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, EnergieWuppertalGermany

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