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Veranstaltungstitel The Philosophy of Property
Kennzeichen 50123
Veranstaltungsart Blockseminar
Fachgruppe Philosophie
Semester Winter 2021
Dozent(en) Christian Rasquin
Empfehlung(en) Studiensemester 3. Semester (P&E Bachelor)
5. Semester (P&E Bachelor)
BA höhere Fachsemester (> 6) (P&E Bachelor)
Bereich(e) P3*: Politische Philosophie II
P6.iii: Politische Philosophie
V3: Verzahnungsseminar I
V4: Verzahnungsseminar I
V4: Verzahnungsseminar II
V5: Verzahnungsseminar II


While everybody values personal possessions, the underlying concept of property remains blurry for many. The question “What is property?” has a long history and still attracts a heated debate among scholars. As it goes to the heart of civic and legal order, both the entitlements provided by property law as well as its justification have changed over time. In the modern era it has been recognized that property is a manmade concept adopted in order to coordinate conflicting interests in using scarce resources. To that extent, property plays a crucial role in organization of modern society and economy in particular. In our seminar we want to map out different approaches to the question “What is property?”. By looking at the way in which its normative justification has changed throughout history we want to contextualize contemporary discussions regarding property. The course will cover philosophical, legal, economic and social aspects of the question in a historical perspective, as they have affected our understanding of property.

Each participant is required to present the allocated topic (please have a look at the syllabus!) in a 30 min. presentation during the seminar. The presentation doesn't necessarily have to include Powerpoint slides. You may also summarize your topic in a short written summary that can be distributed to the participants and that you present in the course.

This course will be held together with Aleksandar Stojanovic ( held in hybrid style. You may participate in Bayreuth (S 57 (RW) ) or join online. The zoom/teams link will be circulated a few days prior to the seminar.


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Erfordernisse zum Punkteerwerb
  • Participation & presentation: 2 ECTS
  • You are welcome to write a proper paper on a suitable topic after the seminar. ECTS according to your needs.

Syllabus_Philosophy of Property.pdf

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