Imposing itself as an epicentral question of the
social sphere, the notion of private property, treated by
several philosophers, who, each in their own way gives it
their own meaning, is confronted with the conflicts of
interpretations among post Lockeans. To the question
what is property, Proudhon answered, without hesitation,
it is theft. For Macpherson, it is possessive individualism.
And, ultimately, we define property as a precarious
possession of natural goods, which implies alterity.
Otherness being constitutive of the identity of every human
being, because of the common origin of all, it calls for the
ethics of interstate and intersubjective hospitality. This
constitutes, for us, an innovation in the understanding of
the concept of property in Locke
Ethics, Hospitality, Ownership