Philosophical Foundations of the Law of Equity

ISBN : 9780198817659

Dennis Klimchuk; Irit Samet; Henry E. Smith
400 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Jan 2020
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The law of Equity, a latecomer to the field of private law theory, raises fundamental questions about the relationships between law and morality, the nature of rights, and the extent to which we are willing to compromise on the rule of law ideal to achieve social goals. In this volume, leading scholars come together to address these and other questions about underlying principles of Equity and its relationship to the common law: What relationships, if any, are there between the legal, philosophical, and moral senses of 'equity'? Does Equity form a second-order constraint on law? If so, is its operation at odds with the rule of law? Do the various theories of Equity require some kind of separation of law and equity-and, if they do, what kind of separation? The volume further sheds light on some of the most topical questions of jurisprudence that are embedded in the debate around 'fusion'.
A noteworthy addition to the Philosophical Foundations series, this volume is an important contribution to an ongoing debate, and will be of value to students and scholars across the discipline.



1 Charlie Webb: Discretionary Justice

2 Dennis Klimchuk: Aristotle at the Foundations of the Law of Equity

3 J E Penner: Equity, Justice and Conscience: Suitors behaving badly?

4 Andrew S. Gold: Equity and the Right to Do Wrong

5 Paul B. Miller: Equity as Supplemental Law

6 Evan Fox-Decent: The Constitution of Equity

7 Lionel Smith: Equity is Not a Single Thing

8 Larissa Katz: Pathways to Legal Rights: The Function of Equity

9 Ben McFarlane and Robert Stevens: What's Special About Equity? Rights about Rights

10 Henry E. Smith: Fusion of Law and Confusion of Equity

11 Samuel L. Bray: Form and Substance in the Fusion of Law and Equity

12 Emily Sherwin: Equitable Correction of Law

13 Aruna Nair and Irit Samet: What Can 'Equity's Darling' Tell Us About Equity?

14 John C. P. Goldberg and Benjamin C. Zipursky: From Riggs v. Palmer to Shelley v. Kraemer: The Continuing Significance of the Law-Equity Distinction

15 Simone Degeling: Some Varieties of Consent in Equity: Enhancing and Protecting Autonomy?

16 Matthew Harding: Equity and Institutions

17 James Edelman: The Equity of the Statute

About the author: 

Dennis Klimchuk is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Law at the University of Western Ontario. His main research interests are in philosophy of law, especially private law theory, and the history of political philosophy, especially the early modern period. He was a contributor to two earlier volumes in OUP's Philosophical Foundations of law series (on unjust enrichment and on property) and is co-editor, with Lisa Austin, of Private Law and the Rule of Law (OUP 2014). ; Irit Samet is a Professor in The Dickson Poon School of Law, which she joined in 2008 after teaching in Oxford and Essex. Irit's main research interests lie in the areas of equity, property law, theory of private law, and ethics. Her monograph on the normative foundations of the law of equity was published by OUP in 2018. Irit has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals (such as the MLR, Jurisprudence, Kantian Review, and OJLS), as well as in edited collections published by OUP (such as Philosophical Foundations of Fiduciary Law and Philosophical Foundations of Property Law). ; Henry E. Smith is Fessenden Professor of Law and the Director of the Project on the Foundations of Private Law at Harvard Law School. Previously, he taught at the Northwestern University School of Law and was the Fred A. Johnston Professor of Property and Environmental Law at Yale Law School. He has written extensively on property, equity, remedies, and private law theory.

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