conference "Why private property? Politics of property and its alternatives"

Mardi, 20 Juin, 2017 - 08:00 to Mercredi, 21 Juin, 2017 - 18:00


Why private property? Politics of property and its alternatives

Why private property rather than any other system of property rights? This question no longer arises today as private property seems to have been consecrated as a fundamental institution of our liberal societies. Private property, on the self as well as on the fruits of one’s labor, even seems to be a “natural right”. This “naturalization” of private property went along with the development of what C.B. Macpherson called “possessive individualism”, and appears to be the culmination of that paradigm. Nowadays, private property is one of the few axioms on which relies contemporary liberalism and as with every axiom, it seems to be so self-evident that it is rarely questioned.

To encourage fruitful debates, it is suggested that the submitted abstracts should relate to the following themes:

  1. Private property and normative approaches.
  2. Private property and social issues.
  3. Contemporary challenges to private property and new types of ownership

The Conference will take place on the 20-21 June 2017

Place: Université libre de Bruxelles, Institut d'études européennes,
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 39, 1000 Bruxelles
Salle Geremek (Geremek Room)


Registration : attendance to the conference is free but registration is mandatory : click here.