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Theories of property and poverty in modern philosophy (seminars)

Coordonated by Dana Domsodi & Alex Cistelecan

Following the reading seminars organized in the previous years (Legacies of Modernity and History of Economic Thought), starting this autumn we propose a new program of collective reading on the main theories of property and poverty in modern philosophy.


1. 21.10.2017, 4 pm
Preliminary meeting – aims, problematics, presuppositions and the methodology of the seminar
2. 28.10.2017, 5 pm
Grotius - De mare liberum (1605)
3. Sir William Petty: Note on the Political Arithmetik (1676)
4. Locke – On Property, in Second Treatise (1689)
5. Mandeville – Fable of the bees (1705)
6. Hume – On property and riches, in A treatise on Human Nature (1739); On the Balance of Trade (1752)
7. Rousseau – Discourse on Inequality (1754)
8. Quesnay - Tableau economique (1759)
9. Sir James Steuart: On the first principles of bartering and how it grows into trade (1767);
10. Adam Ferguson, Essay. On the History of Civil Society, 1767

11. Adam Smith: Of the causes of improvements in the productive powers of labor, and of the order according to which its produce is naturally distributed among the different ranks of the people Ch. 1-4; (1776)
12. Bentham – Defence of usury (1787)
13. Sieyes - Qu’est-ce que le tiers etat? (1789)
14. Turgot - Reflections on the formations and the distribution of wealth (1793)
15. Condorcet –Sketch for a historical picture of the Progress… (1795)
16. Robert Malthus – An Essay on the Principle of Population (1798)
17. David Ricardo: On value (1817)
18. Constant, De la liberté des Anciens comparée à celle des Modernes (1819)
19. Hegel, Civil society in Elements of the Philosophy of Right (1820)