Principles For A Free Society: Reconciling Individual Liberty With The Common Good

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Basic Books, Jun 17, 2009 - Political Science - 364 pages
The country's leading libertarian scholar sets forth the essential principles for a legal system that best balances individual liberty versus the common good.
 

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As Epstein, the James Parker Hill Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, correctly notes in his introduction, laissez-faire economics is one of the most frequently ... Read full review

Contents

The Utilitarian Connection
9
2 Social Norms versus Legal Commands
41
The Gateway to Liability
71
The Benefit Principle
105
Its Uses and Limits
133
The Flip Side of Rights
159
Firm and Fuzzy
187
S From Rights to Remedies
215
Common Carriers
279
Epilogue A Return to Fundamentals
319
Endnotes
325
Table of Cases
349
Index
355
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Born in 1943, Richard A. Epstein graduated from Columbia in 1964 with a degree in philosophy. He continued his education at Oxford, earning a B.A. in law in 1966, and from there attended Yale, where he received an LL.B. in 1968. Following graduation Epstein joined the faculty at the University of Southern California, teaching there until 1972. He became a regular member of the faculty at the University of Chicago in 1973, where he was named James Parker Hall Professor in 1982 and Distinguished Service Professor in 1988. Richard Epstein writes extensively concerning the law. His works include Simple Rules for a Complex World (1995), Bargaining with the State (1993) and Forbidden Grounds: The Case Against Employment Discrimination Laws (1992).

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