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Promises, Morals, and Law
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Promises, Morals, and Law

P. S. Atiyah


This book attempts an analysis of the nature of promissory obligations. The subject is one which has attracted a great deal of attention among both moral and linguistic philosophers, but the book contends that much of the philosophical literature is flawed by its unreality and unfamiliarity with the serious problems that arise from the practice of promising. The book conducts a thorough survey of the various philosophical theories, injecting in the discussion many examples and illustrations drawn from law. The first part of the book examines theories of promising associated with Natural Lawyer ... More

Keywords: promissory obligations, moral philosophy, linguistic philosophy, promising, Natural Lawyers, utilitarians, contractual obligation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1983 Print ISBN-13: 9780198254799
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198254799.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

P. S. Atiyah, author