The Property Species

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Online, Off campus

Arguing that neither the sciences nor the humanities synthesizes a full account of property, the book offers a cross-disciplinary compromise that is sure to be controversial — property is a universal and uniquely human custom. Integrating cognitive linguistics with philosophy of property and a fresh look at property disputes in the common law, the book makes the case that symbolic-thinking humans locate the meaning of property within a thing. That is, all human beings and only human beings have property in things, and at its core, property rests on custom, not rights.

About the Speaker

Bart Wilson’s research uses experimental economics to explore the origins of property and the human propensity to truck, barter and exchange. He also studies how Adam Smith’s ideas in The Theory of Moral Sentiments and Wealth of Nations can inform the modern study of economics and our interpretation of economic experiments.

Event for: Adults, Current students, Alumni, Faculty and staff

Event category: Lectures & Educational Programs

Hosting/Sponsoring organization/Unit: Center for the Study of Economic Liberty

For event inquiries: Mason Hunt, MPA

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