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Contract as PromiseA Theory of Contractual Obligation$
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Charles Fried

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190240158

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190240158.001.0001

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Answering a Promise

Answering a Promise

Offer and Acceptance

(p.40) Chapter 4 Answering a Promise
Contract as Promise

Charles Fried

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on offer and on acceptance as a response to a promise. Karl Llewellyn remarked that generations of law students have encountered the intricacies of offer and acceptance in contract law as perhaps their first technical body of doctrine. In this chapter, this body of doctrine is related to a feature that must be explained before an exposition of promising is complete: A promise is made to someone; it gives the promisee a right to expect, to call for its performance; and so by implication a promise, to be complete, to count as a promise, must in some sense be taken up by the promisee.

Keywords:   promise, offer, acceptance, promisee

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