The materials in this collection are drawn from many disciplines, including economics,law, philosophy and political science. Yet they are all directed to a topic that is worthy of examination from multiple perspectives: "Liberty, Property and the Law." Stated in this general form, this topic is as broad as law itself. The relationship of liberty andproperty to the law surfaces whenever and wherever people interact with each otherunder the command and control of the sovereign. Those who hold sovereign power may choose to protect liberty and property or to undermine it. But the regrettably high frequency of political abuse throughout the world does not justify the exercise ofarbitrary legal power; nor does it limit human aspirations for a sound legal and socialorder to block political excesses. First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Table of Contents
Series Introduction, Volume Introduction 1 Excerpts from Politics,Excerpts from The Institute of Justinian, Excerpts from Leviathan, "Of Property" from The Second Treatise of Government, Excerpts from A Treatise of Human Nature, ,"Of Occupation" from Lectures on Jurisprudence, Excerpts from Commentaries on the Laws of England, "Of Security" and "Opposition Between Security and Equality", "Property", Note to His Speech on the Right of Suffrage, Property and Law, "Proletarians and Communists" from The Communist Manifesto, "Introductory" and "Applications "from On Liberty and Other Essays, Economics v. Socialism, The Period of Collectivism, Liberal Legislation and Freedom of Contract, The Historical Evolution of Property, in Fact and in Idea.
Richard A. Epstein is the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School and the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.