Introduction to Common Law

Introduction to Common Law

Can simple rules solve social coordination problems better than regulations do?  

in this series on the Common Law, Professor Richard Epstein of NYU School of Law, provides an alternative to the conventional view that property rights are arbitrarily created by the state, and therefore can be changed at will by the state.  A few simple rules, he argues, are universal principles of social organization, consistent across time and culture, which form the basis of social gains.

 

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3 of 8: Is Moral Relativism the Right Approach? [Introduction to Common Law] [No. 86]

In this installment of Introduction to Common Law, Prof. Richard Epstein of NYU School of Law gives a simple example that illustrates why moral relativism doesn't work as a principle of social organization. Professor Epstein, in this series on the C ... In this installment of Introduction to Common Law, Prof. Richard Epstein of NYU School of Law gives a simple example that illustrates why moral relativism doesn't work as a principle of social organization.

Professor Epstein, in this series on the Common Law, provides an alternative to the conventional view that property rights are arbitrarily created by the state, and therefore can be changed at will by the state. A few simple rules, he argues, are universal principles of social organization, consistent across time and culture, which form the basis of social gains.

Professor Epstein is the inaugural Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Professor of Law Emeritus and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago.

As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.

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Related links:

Richard Epstein: Skepticism and Freedom
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWwcngsYgoUX3i5tMPI9kDQtoLuOXCsN_

Pragmatic Liberalism versus Classical Liberalism (reviewing Richard A. Epstein, Skepticism and Freedom: A Modern Case for Classical Liberalism (2003))

Richard Posner: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWwcngsYgoUX3i5tMPI9kDQtoLuOXCsN_

The Atlantic: The Death of Moral Relativism
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWwcngsYgoUX3i5tMPI9kDQtoLuOXCsN_

Summary/Opinion Paper, A Defense of Moral Relativism and Who’s to Judge
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWwcngsYgoUX3i5tMPI9kDQtoLuOXCsN_

A Defense of Ethical Relativism
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWwcngsYgoUX3i5tMPI9kDQtoLuOXCsN_

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWwcngsYgoUX3i5tMPI9kDQtoLuOXCsN_