Law and Social Justice
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These essays by leading scholars illustrate the complexity and range of philosophical issues raised by consideration of law and social justice. The contributors to Law and Social Justice examine such broad foundational issues as instrumentalist versus Kantian conceptions of rights as well as such specific problems as the admissibility or inadmissibility of evidence of causation in toxic tort cases. They consider a variety of subjects, including the implications of deliberative democracy for privacy rights, equality as a principle of distributive justice, the paradox of "moral luck," the treatment of intellectual property in China and its roots in Chinese tradition, and the extent to which initial acquisition of goods yields full property rights. Two special sections at the end of the volume discuss the treatment of law and social justice issues in the work of two philosophers: "Wittgenstein and Legal Theory," on the influence of Wittgenstein's thought on legal philosophy, and a discussion of Jules L. Coleman's The Practice of Principle, which concludes with a contribution, "Facts, Fictions, and the Grounds of Law," by Coleman himself.

Hardcover

Out of Print ISBN: 9780262033404 384 pp. | 9 in x 6 in 1 illus.

Paperback

$8.75 S | £6.99 ISBN: 9780262532747 384 pp. | 9 in x 6 in 1 illus.

Editors

Joseph Keim Campbell

Joseph Keim Campbell is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Washington State University.

Michael O'Rourke

Michael O'Rourke is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University.

David Shier

David Shier is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Washington State University.