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Christopher Essert: 'Justifying Property'

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We are pleased to welcome Professor Christopher Essert, who will present: 'Justifying Property'. This is an optional pre-read seminar. Registered attendees will receive the paper by email one week prior to the event. A wine and cheese reception will follow.

Abstract: “Like any normative social institution property requires justification. Most theorists claim that property is to be justified by its consequences, but that approach has well-known drawbacks. Here I propose a different justification, according to which property is justified because is the unique solution to an important moral problem. In particular, property rights are constitutive of a certain set of valuable moral relations among equals. I try show how the various alternatives to private property — negative community, positive community, state management, usufruct regimes — cannot solve the moral problem that property solves.”

Christopher Essert is an associate professor at Queen’s Law, Canada, and is a 2017 visiting professor at the UCLA School of Law. Previously, Prof. Essert was a visiting doctoral fellow at the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto and law clerk to Justice Michel Bastarache at the Supreme Court of Canada. His research focuses primarily on private law theory and property theory.

Prof. Essert's seminar is part of our Hart Seminar Series, which features a diverse group of leading scholars working at the intersection of law and philosophy. Hart Publishing contributes generous support to make the seminar series possible. The complete 2017-18 line-up is available here.

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