From Natural Law to Social Welfare: Theoretical Principles and Practical Applications

Author:Richard A. Epstein
Position::Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at New York University School of Law
Pages:1743-1772
SUMMARY

Many common accounts of natural law understand it in opposition to modern social welfare theory. Contrary to that wisdom this Essay shows how many of the fixed landmarks of the common law, including its rules on individual autonomy and the definition and acquisition of private property, comport with the natural law tradition. The modern welfarist positions only emerge through key decisions in... (see full summary)


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