2004年02月01日

Principles for a Free Society: Reconciling Individual Liberty with the Common Good

Principles for a Free Society: Reconciling Individual Liberty with the Common Good

by Richard A. Epstein

[http://print.google.com/print/doc?isbn=0738200417]



Chapter One

Natural Law: The Utilitarian Connection



My purpose in this volume is, after a fashion, to square a legal circle. From the earliest times, legal and political writers have worked hard to reconcile the demands for individual liberty with those for the common good. At one level, the cynical and weary among us could dismiss their project as an impossibility because scarcity precludes the simultaneous satisfaction of all desires, be they practical or conceptual. Since it is not possible to make all people happy all of the time, we should give up this misguided quest for some holy grail and settle for a less grandiose pragmatic shuffle.
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