Classical Foundations of Liberty and Property

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Richard Allen Epstein
Taylor & Francis US, 2000 - 400 pages

The legendary Greek figure Orpheus was said to have possessed magical powers capable of moving all living and inanimate things through the sound of his lyre and voice. Over time, the Orphic theme has come to indicate the power of music to unsettle, subvert, and ultimately bring down oppressive realities in order to liberate the soul and expand human life without limits. The liberating effect of music has been a particularly important theme in twentieth-century African American literature.

The nine original essays in Black Orpheus examines the Orphic theme in the fiction of such African American writers as Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, James Baldwin, Nathaniel Mackey, Sherley Anne Williams, Ann Petry, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Gayl Jones, and Toni Morrison. The authors discussed in this volume depict music as a mystical, shamanistic, and spiritual power that can miraculously transform the realities of the soul and of the world. Here, the musician uses his or her music as a weapon to shield and protect his or her spirituality. Written by scholars of English, music, women's studies, American studies, cultural theory, and black and Africana studies, the essays in this interdisciplinary collection ultimately explore the thematic, linguistic structural presence of music in twentieth-century African American fiction.

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Modern Understandings of Liberty and Property
Of Property from The Second Treatise of Government
Excerpts from A Treatise of Human Nature
Of Occupation from Lectures on Jurisprudence
Excerpts from Commentaries on the Laws of England
Of Security and Opposition Between Security and Equality
Property and
Proletarians and Communists from The Communist Manifesto
Introductory and Applications
Economics v Socialism
The Period of Collectivism
Liberal Legislation and Freedom of Contract
The Historical Evolution of Property in Fact and in Idea

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Richard A. Epstein is the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School and the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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