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The Theory of Contract Law

The Theory of Contract Law
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Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Law

Peter Benson, Richard Craswell, Michael J. Trebilcock, Steven Elliott, T. M. Scanlon, Melvin A. Eisenberg, James Gordley
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  • Date Published: February 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521640381

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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. 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. While the essays build on past theoretical contributions, they also attempt to take contract theory further and suggest new and promising ways to develop theory of contract law.

    • All essays are full-length and are on the general theory of contract that includes most of the main theoretical perspectives
    • Contributors are all eminent scholars in the field
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    "These are all seriously interesting essays. Benson is to be congratulated on assembling such an excellent collection. The essays do indeed represent the next stage of progress in the jurisprudence of contract law.... Further work in the field must begin with this work." Philosophy in Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521640381
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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

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    Peter Benson, University of Toronto


    Peter Benson, Richard Craswell, Michael J. Trebilcock, Steven Elliott, T. M. Scanlon, Melvin A. Eisenberg, James Gordley

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