This collection of new essays, written by some of the most eminent scholars in the field, examines the most central issues of property theory from a variety of perspectives. The essays discuss whether property may be dissipated or used imprudently with impunity, and analyze how a person's property should be distributed after death. They survey the current economic landscape of intellectual property and show that Locke's celebrated justification for private property falters when it comes to copyrights and patents. They also demonstrate how important it is that institutions of property be carefully justified.
Contributors; Preface and acknowledgements; Introduction Stephen R. Munzer; 1. Property, honesty and normative resilience Jeremy Waldron; 2. Property as social relations Stephen R. Munzer; 3. Must we have the right to waste? Edward J. McCaffery; 4. Inheritance and the justice tribunal J. W. Harris; 5. Lockean arguments for private intellectual property Seana Valentine Shiffrin; 6. Theories of intellectual property William Fisher; Table of cases; Index of names; Index of subjects.