‘Giving and Including for Happiness’

David Fagundes, Why Less Property is More: Inclusion, Dispossession, and Subjective Well-Being, 103 Iowa Law Review 1361 (2018). Money can’t buy happiness, so the saying goes. But, does giving away property bring happiness? That is the proposition considered by Professor Dave Fagundes, in his new article ‘Why Less Property is More: Inclusion, Dispossession, and Subjective Well-Being’. Professor Fagundes urges new thinking on the classic conception of property, moving away from possession and exclusion, long the centers of the construct, toward their more obscured counterparts, dispossession and inclusion. Starting with the notion that property historically has been justified for its utilitarian ends, he suggests that if we are not better off when we amass property and exclude, then a different conception of the rights inhering in property might better achieve these ends …” (more)

[Shelby D Green, Jotwell, 4 December]

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