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Principles for a free society : reconciling individual liberty with the common good

Author: Richard Allen Epstein
Publisher: Reading, Mass. : Perseus Books, ©1998.
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In Principles for a Free Society, distinguished legal scholar Richard Epstein staunchly defends the principles of limited government, showing how it can and will work to the advantage of almost all of our society. But the balance between a powerful economic engine and individual liberty requires careful dilution of pure laissez-faire policies. A seminal theoretician, Epstein carefully analyzes the interaction of law  Read more...
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Epstein, Richard Allen, 1943-
Principles for a free society.
Reading, Mass. : Perseus Books, c1998
(OCoLC)605558839
Online version:
Epstein, Richard Allen, 1943-
Principles for a free society.
Reading, Mass. : Perseus Books, c1998
(OCoLC)625615903
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Allen Epstein
ISBN: 0738200417 9780738200415
OCLC Number: 39982036
Description: xii, 360 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Reinvigorating laissez-faire --
1. Natural law : the utilitarian connection --
2. Social norms versus legal commands --
3. Harm : the gateway to liability --
4. The benefit principle --
5. Altruism : its uses and limits --
6. Forfeiture : the flip side of rights --
7. Boundaries : firm and fuzzy --
8. From rights to remedies --
9. Common property --
10. Common carriers --
Epilogue: A return to fundamentals.
Responsibility: Richard A. Epstein.
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In Principles for a Free Society, distinguished legal scholar Richard Epstein staunchly defends the principles of limited government, showing how it can and will work to the advantage of almost all of our society. But the balance between a powerful economic engine and individual liberty requires careful dilution of pure laissez-faire policies. A seminal theoretician, Epstein carefully analyzes the interaction of law and social norms and highlights the handful of restraints that provide a moral foundation to a resilient, adaptive capitalist system. His central mission is "to explain how a concern with the common good does not eviscerate the traditional protections otherwise provided to individual liberty and private property."

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