Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics
Property, Causality, and Liability
Volume 7, No. 4 (Winter 2004)
Both the establishment of property rights and their violation spring from actions: acts of appropriation and expropriation. However, in addition to a physical appearance, actions also have an internal, subjective aspect. This aspect cannot be observed by our sense organs. Instead, it must be ascertained by means of understanding (verstehen). The task of the judge cannot—by the nature of things—be reduced to a simple decision rule based on a quasi-mechanical model of causation. Judges must observe the facts and understand the actors and actions involved in order to determine fault and liability.
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Hoppe, Hans-Hermann. "Property, Causality, and Liability." The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 7, No. 4 (Winter 2004): 87–95.