Property Theory Seminar
Many contemporary observers assume that “natural rights” theories of property refer to theories worked out by Robert Nozick and John Locke. The same observers assume that Nozick’s and Locke’s theories of property rights are identical. This seminar explores whether they are and, if not, how they differ. Readings cover Nozick, Anarchy, State, and Utopia; Locke’s Two Treatises and selections from his Essay Concerning Human Understanding; A. John Simmons, A Lockean Theory of Rights; and illustrative legal materials and contemporary property scholarship. The grade for the seminar will be based on a seminar paper and class participation.