First possession theory of property source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_possession_theory_of_property

The "first possession" theory of property holds that ownership of something is justified simply by someone seizing it before someone else does.[1] This contrasts with the labor theory of property where something may become property only by applying productive labor to it, i.e. by making something out of the materials of nature.

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  1. ^ "Property". Graham Oppy. The shorter Routledge encyclopedia of philosophy. Editor Edward Craig. Routledge, 2005, p. 858