Université de Montréal
Les membres du CRÉ sont heureux d’accueillir Stefan Gosepath (Freie Universität Berlin), qui nous offrira une présentation intitulée « What, if anything, is wrong with bequest? »
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This talk is concerned with the question of whether or not it is just that people inherit property. Should an owner, while alive, be entitled to transfer property holdings after their death to a person of their choosing? Is the right to posthumous transfer a part of the right to private property? In this talk, Gosepath defends the thesis that the common social practice of inheritance, embodied in law and institutions, is in fact pro tanto unjust, since it confers an unjust advantage on the beneficiary. To establish this thesis, Gosepath first considers the main arguments against inheritance from a justice perspective, then defends these positions against three of the main normative arguments offered in favor of inheritance: the right to property objection, the gift objection, and the value of the family objection.
Crédit photo: Nicolas Stelter.