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Equity and 'Time'. A Dynamic Study of the Different Types of Equity Throughout History

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The idea of equity has revealed itself in many diverse guises throughout different periods of history. The temporal, chronological, or, should one prefer, the historical element, bears a special relevance as regards the concept of equity. If historical study, aimed at examining the evolution of an idea through time, always proves enriching, in the case of equity, something more than this occurs, making of the historical an indispensable, methodological approach. While it is always difficult to carry out a classification of the distinct phases or different moments in the historical evolution of a specific legal concept, it has seemed right to us-and also since the conventional divisions which follow are quite generally accepted in the field-to analyze the historical concepts or meanings of equity which we point out in this chapter.

Keywords: aequitas; epieikeia; equity



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