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This volume traces the evolution of the field of law and economics from its European roots to its neoclassical “Chicagoan” period to its current identity as a more fluid, transatlantic discipline.  Paying special attention to the work of German economist Juergen Backhaus, who was instrumental in the reintroduction of the European perspective to the field,  this book analyzes this gradual shift in the law and economics... more...

This volume provides the first systematic exploration of intellectual property and theories of justice from a philosophical perspective. The book covers the diversity of relevant theories of justice (Lockean, Rawlsian, etc.) and touches on a wide variety of the practical issues related to intellectual property (access to drugs in the third world, traditional knowledge, open software, peer-to-peer file sharing, etc.).

Our societies obviously rest on common beliefs. These "myths" are tools that help us to develop and build common identities; they form the structure around which societies function. This does not imply that these beliefs are “true,” in the sense that they would be supported by empirical facts. In social matters, myths have undoubtedly important functions to play even if no empirical facts support them. On the other hand, and precisely because they... more...