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Hypothetical Consent and Moral Force

Daniel Brudney
Law and Philosophy
Vol. 10, No. 3 (Aug., 1991), pp. 235-270
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3504864
Page Count: 36
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Hypothetical Consent and Moral Force
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Abstract

This article starts by examining the appeal to hypothetical consent as used by law and economics writers. I argue that their use of this kind of argument has no moral force whatever. I then briefly examine, through some remarks on Rawls and Scanlon, the conditions under which such an argument would have moral force. Finally, I bring these considerations to bear to criticize the argument of Judge Frank Easterbrook's majority opinion in Flamm v. Eberstadt.

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