The Spring 2018 Philosophy Colloquium Series presents Stefan Gosepath (Free University of Berlin). Title: Is Inheritance Justified? A Preliminary Sketch.
Friday, Feb 2, 3-5pm, Maloney Seminar Room, Social Sciences 224.
Gosepath’s talk is concerned with the question of whether it is just that people inherit property. Should the owner, while alive, be entitled to transfer their property holdings for the time after their death, to a person of their choosing? Is such a right to pass one’s property on posthumously a part of the right to private property? The intuition Gosepath wants to begin to explore states 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. The first step, as undertaken in this talk, will be to ask, very abstractly for now, whether bestowing or receiving an inheritance or a bequest is just.