What may morally be owned — stuff, ideas, animals, even people? What may morally own something — a person, a group of people jointly, merely past or merely future people, even things besides people? What rights should owners have — to use up, defend, bequeath, or even destroy their property? What should limit ownership rights — more important rights or outcomes, emergencies, zoning restrictions, eminent domain? What duties should nonowners have — against theft, against copying, even to help (pay for) enforcement? Where do all these rights and duties come from? How should unowned things become owned, or vice versa? What should happen to stolen property (and to thieves), stolen property transferred to innocents, or property with unknown owners? Is taxation theft? Or is property itself theft, so we're all being pwned?
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3 hrs of seminar (lecture with discussion) each week