David Schmidtz, University of Arizona
October 1st, 2003, 8:00 to 9:00 pm
What is an optimal ownership pattern for contemporary societies? History is full of examples of people converting communally held land into private parcels. How often do people voluntarily move the other way? Not often. On our most recent trip to South Africa, though, we were surprised to find a confluence of economic, ecological, and cultural forces leading private landowners voluntarily to convert private parcels into a jointly managed commons.
David Schmidtz began his teaching career at Yale University in 1988 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1991. After spending 94-95 at Bowling Green State U, David moved to the University of Arizona in 1995 and was promoted to Professor of Philosophy and joint Professor of Economics in 1998. Dave has published five books and lectured in thirteen countries on six continents. His articles have appeared in Journal of Philosophy, Political Theory, and Ethics. Fourteen have been reprinted. He is an avid hiker, bird-watcher, and photographer. He met Elizabeth Willott in high school and they have been together for 30 years. In 1999 and again in 2001, they went to Africa to study community-based wildlife management.