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The Theory of Contract Law: New Essays

ISBN13: 9780521041324
ISBN: 0521041325
Published: April 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £27.99
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Although the law of contract is largely settled, there is at present no widely-accepted comprehensive theory of its main principles and doctrines or of its normative basis. Contract law theory raises issues concerning the relation between law and morality, the role and the importance of rights, the connection between justice and economics, and the distinction between private and public law.

This collection of six full-length and original essays, written by some of the most eminent scholars in the field, explores the general theory of contract law from a variety of theoretical perspectives. The volume addresses a wide range of issues, both methodological and substantive, in the theory and practice of contract law. While the essays build upon past theoretical contributions, they also attempt to take contract theory further and suggest new and promising ways to develop theory of contract law.

Contract Law
Introduction Peter Benson
1. Two economic theories of enforcing promises Richard Craswell
2. The scope and limits of legal paternalism: altruism and coercion in family financial arrangements Michael J. Trebilcock and Steven Elliott
3. Promises and contracts T. M. Scanlon
4. The unity of contract law Peter Benson
5. The theory of contracts Melvin A. Eisenberg
6. Contract law in the Aristotelian tradition James Gordley