The purpose of this article is to discuss three ideas under the topic of “property.” First I would like to demonstrate that the meaning and scope of the concept of property are socially and historically constructed and that certain philosophical and ethical concepts that are dominant in a given society perform an important role in that construction. What I wish to suggest is that the definition (i) of what anyone can and cannot appropriate privately (that is: the objects to which ownership of property may apply); and (ii) the rights that owning property may give the owner (that is: what the owner can do with his/her property and what he/she can prevent others from doing with it) has varied in time and space. That variation is derived from a series of factors, specially philosophical and ethical.
Barcellos, Ana Paula de, "What is behind the meaning attributed to the expression “property”?" (2008). SELA (Seminario en Latinoamérica de Teoría Constitucional y Política) Papers. Paper 54.