The Molecular Basis of Private Property

Kyle J. Mamounis, Walter E. Block
  • Acta Oeconomica, July 2019, Akademiai Kiado
  • DOI: 10.1556/032.2019.69.3.1

A physical sciences analysis of property rights

Photo by Hal Gatewood on Unsplash

Photo by Hal Gatewood on Unsplash

What is it about?

There are unexamined premises to the concept of property rights, such as what constitutes someone's physical body vs. external property, or what exactly the differences are between the acquisition of different types of property. Question of how property rights are defined, justified, and derived are asked using as examples the developing fetus and other biological processes.

Why is it important?

As far as I know, this is the only attempt made to take the idea of property to a microscopic level. The abortion question, perennially a controversial issue, has partisans contending at what point human life begins. Given the premise of that question, why not ask when and how property rights become imbued into a person. Is the beginning of life the beginning of property rights?

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