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Cover Concept Property

Title: The Concept of Property in Kant, Fichte, and Hegel
Author: Jacob Blumenfeld
December 2023

About the book

This book provides a detailed account of the role of property in German Idealism. It puts the concept of property in the center of the philosophical systems of Kant, Fichte, and Hegel and shows how property remains tied to their conceptions of freedom, right, and recognition.

The book begins with a critical genealogy of the concept of property in modern legal philosophy, followed by a reconstruction of the theory of property in Kant’s Doctrine of Right, Fichte’s Foundations of Natural Right, and Hegel’s Jena Realphilosophie. By turning to the tradition of German Rechtsphilosophie as opposed to the more standard libertarian and utilitarian frameworks of property, it explores the metaphysical, normative, political, and material questions that make property intelligible as a social relation. The book formulates a normative theory of property rooted in practical reason, mutual recognition, and social freedom. This relational theory of property, inspired by German Idealism, brings a fresh angle to contemporary property theory. Additionally, it provides crucial philosophical background to 19th-century debates on private property, inequality, labor, socialism, capitalism, and the state.

Cover digitaler Kapitalismus

Title: Theorien des digitalen Kapitalismus
Authors: Tanja Carstensen, Simon Schaupp, Sebastian Sevignani
November 2023

About the book

Is capitalism changing fundamentally in the face of the current digitalization push? Theoretical analyses and diagnoses of the times that are dedicated to characterizing digital capitalism are certainly in vogue. For the first time, this anthology brings together various relevant diagnoses of the times and conceptual approaches in the fields of work, economics, politics and the public sphere, culture and subjects, and reflects the current state of the debate on digital capitalism.

The antology contains contributions by Emma Dowling, Helen Hester, Ursula Huws, Kylie Jarrett, Oliver Nachtwey, Nick Srnicek, Philipp Staab and Jamie Woodcock.


To be published soon

Title: Nach dem Privateigentum? Güter, Infrastrukturen und Weltverhältnisse im Kapitalismus des 21. Jahrhunderts.
Authors: Silke van DykTilman ReitzHartmut Rosa
Summer 2024

About the book

Political conflicts over the distribution of property, precarious infrastructures, technological developments and economic and ecological crises suggest a structural change in property in the 21st century. The contributions in this volume analyse this change from a sociological perspective. They focus in particular on non-industrial goods - from knowledge and information to land and property - as well as collective contributions and infrastructures that increasingly determine capitalist economies. Although private property is more powerful than ever after decades of deregulation and concentration, it is facing a serious crisis and is being supplemented by new orders of access and division, which are also shifting individual and collective world relations.

Publication series 'Structural change of property'

to the publication series
Edited by Silke van Dyk, Tilman Reitz and Hartmut Rosa

The series emerged from the Collaborative Research Centre "Structural Change of Property" funded by the German Research Foundation. It brings together outstanding academic work on the history, present and future of property from an interdisciplinary perspective. It is based on the assumption that the institution of private property is coming under increasing pressure in the face of intensified distribution conflicts, new digital productive forces and the crises of social and ecological reproduction and is confronted with alternatives.

Monographs and Edited Volumes


Here you will find an overview of the monographs and Edited Volumes published in the SFB 294 “Structural Change of Property”.


Journal Articles


Here you will find an overview of the Journal Articles published in the SFB 294 “Structural Change of Property”.


Working Paper

The Working Paper series of the Collaborative Research Centre 'Structural Change of Property' publishes first, preliminary research results from the different subprojects as well as impulses for debates from cross-project discussions and working groups within the SFB at irregular intervals. Contributions by fellows and associated members of the SFB also appear in this series.

Members of the editorial team are  Carsten Herrmann-Pillath, Lukas LachenichtFlorian PetersChristine Schickert and Amelie Stuart.
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