Title

Epstein's Razor

Publication Date

10-2010

Volume

3

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Richard Epstein, over a long and distinguished career, has offered inspired insights into how a legal system should be framed to serve the goals of those it governs. In that pursuit, he has relentlessly applied a sharp logic - call it Epstein's Razor - to shave away the detritus of complexity and confusion that surround perplexing problems, leaving standing only truths unscathed by competition among ideas. Over decades of diverse writings on law and political theory, highlighted by his elegant Simple Rules for a Complex World, Professor Epstein offers a vision of law constructed on the view that simplicity in law is good - that legal rules have become too numerous and complex and that, if law were set more firmly on elemental principles, the planet would be a better place to live.