Daniel Loick, "The Abuse of Property"

February 04, 2018

Daniel Loick

4:00 – 6:00PM

In (almost) the entire tradition of political philosophy, it is a generally accepted basic assumption that use necessitates ownership: In order to legitimately use a thing, it is essential to be able to legitimately exclude others from it and therefore to create a universally binding regime of property relations. In his talk, Daniel Loick argues the opposite: property is not a condition of, but an obstacle to use. Consulting Marx' social and the Medieval Franciscans' ethical critique of property, Loick eventually proposes a eminently political critique of property, inspired by the figure of the squatter.

Daniel Loick is currently Visiting Professor for Critical Social Theory at Goethe-University Frankfurt. After receiving his PhD in 2010, he was junior faculty member of the Philosophy Department at Goethe-University, Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, Visiting Professor at Humboldt-University Berlin, and Theodor Heuss Lecturer at the New School for Social Research in New York. His main research interests are in political, legal and social philosophy, especially Critical Theory and poststructuralism. Among his publications are four books, Kritik der Souveränität (Frankfurt 2012, English translation forthcoming as A Critique of Sovereignty in 2018), Der Missbrauch des Eigentums (Berlin 2016), Anarchismus zur Einführung (Hamburg 2017), and most recently Juridismus: Konturen einer kritischen Theorie des Rechts (Berlin 2017).