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A few names stand out for their contributions to our understanding of law and its relation to social processes: Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Montesquieu. Myres Smith McDougal, the founder of the New Haven School of Jurisprudence, is a member in full standing of that small club. Indeed, future generations will view his contribution as even more important than those of his illustrious predecessors, for, in addition to analysis and insight, McDougal brings a luminous vision of the objective of law that is to inform each particular decision: human dignity.

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