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The burden of the first part of this paper has been to suggest that tort law provides us no self-justifying notion of "wrongs" by which we can allocate rights and duties. The burden of the second part of this paper has been to suggest that contract law's notion of "consent" is similarly unable to provide justification for any particular system of rights. How would one go about constructing a theory by which to evaluate whether a given property system could be justified? A full answer to that question is surely outside the scope of this paper, but some basic points can and should be made here.



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