Theology & Philosophy

Virtue, Private Property, and Freedom: East and West


This colloquium focused on controversial discourses concerning the relations among private property, virtue, and freedom. A private-property-centered discussion explored relevant ideas deeply related to individual liberty and responsibility in both the Chinese and Western traditions.


Conference Readings

Discourses on Salt and Iron: A Debate on State Control of Commerce and Industry in Ancient China. Translated by Esson M. Gale. Taipei, Taiwan: Ch’eng Wen Publishing Company, 1973.

Aristotle. The Politics of Aristotle. Edited by Ernest Barker. Translated by Ernest Barker. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1946.

Buchanan, James M. The Collected Works of James M. Buchanan, Volume 18: Federalism, Liberty, and the Law. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.

Mencius. Mencius. Translated by D.C. Lau. New York: Penguin Books, 1970.

Nozick, Robert. Anarchy, State, and Utopia. New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1974.

Shang Yang. The Book of Lord Shang: A Classic of the Chinese School of Law. Translated by J. J. L. Duyvendak. London: Arthur Probsthain (late Probsthain & Co.), 1928.