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The Property Species: Mine, Yours, and the Human Mind

Bart J. Wilson


What is property, and why does our species happen to have it? The Property Species explores how Homo sapiens acquires, perceives, and knows the custom of property, and why it might be relevant for understanding how property works in the twenty-first century. Arguing from some hard-to-dispute facts that neither the natural sciences nor the humanities—nor the social sciences squarely in the middle—are synthesizing a full account of property, this book offers a cross-disciplinary compromise that is sure to be controversial: All human beings and only human beings have property in things, and at it ... More

Keywords: property, tools, rights, custom, language, morality, primatology, experimental economics, bundle of sticks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190936785
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190936785.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bart J. Wilson, author
Professor of Economics and Law and Donald P. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Economics and Law, Chapman University