Is Cultural Property Justified?

February 12, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm America/Toronto Timezone
140 McLaughlin College, Senior Common Room
77 McLaughlin Rd
North York, ON M7A 2C5
Vicky Carnevale
416-736-2100 Ext: 33824
Is Cultural Property Justified? @ 140 McLaughlin College, Senior Common Room

Cultural property is often used in claims of cultural appropriation and repatriation, but how can we justify cultural property? Most justifications of property treat it as fungible in the sense that it is easily exchangeable or replaceable, and they present property as something that is permanently gained. However, such a conception of property does not seem to be amenable to the symbolic and representational nature of cultural property. In this presentation, I propose that a more promising justification for cultural property comes from Margaret Radin’s work on personal property. Personal property, Radin argues, is tied to self-development and its loss causes harm. Radin does not, however, include cultural property in her definition and descriptions of personal property. Through the use of an analogy, I argue that Radin’s argument for personal property can be extended to cultural property.

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Speakers: Dianne Lalonde
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Senior Common Room, 140 McLaughlin College

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Hosted by the Office of the College Head, McLaughlin College and York Collegium for Practical Ethics.