"Material Subjects and Vital Objects - Prefiguring Property and Rights for an Entangled World"

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    Abstract

    This article considers the effects of the critique of the subject-object distinction on the concept of property rights. My starting point is that there is nothing ‘given’ or natural about the subject-object distinction: rather, it is an effect produced by a distinctive matrix of ideas, physical-environmental facts, and social behaviours or performances. I explore what it might mean for property if we shift the human being from a position of control over the world to a position of being situated fully in the world. I argue that there are a number of intellectual resources within Western thinking that promote a more object-oriented approach to property, more attentive to the range of relationships between humans and the world.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)37-60
    Number of pages24
    JournalAustralian Journal of Human Rights
    Volume22
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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