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INTRODUCTION

I n Part I of this monograph I have attempted to show that it is not possible to find a satisfactory explanation of the property relation between organism and environment in the concept of an instinct of acquisition. I have attempted to show further that the key to this relationship is to be found in a study of those situations where the organism appears to be exercising some form of exclusive control over those environmental ‘values’ with which it is brought into contact by its own activities. These values, these end-objects, satis­ fying those instincts which subserve fundamental needs of the organism, I have termed primitive property values. Broadly speaking, then, I have suggested that property is primarily the resultant of that organic striving which appro­ priates from the environment material for self-provision, self­ development and racial perpetuation.