The Life of Contract
This introduction sets the project in the context of classical contract theory, which it largely accepts, and the critical legal studies, which it largely rejects. It sets forth as the moral basis for contract law what the author terms the promise principle: the principle by which persons may impose moral obligations on themselves where none existed before. The chapter touches on the relationship between contract and tort law, and mentions the views of other prominent thinkers, including David Hume, Lawrence Friedman, Grant, Gilmore, Morton Horowitz, Duncan Kennedy, Richard Posner, Anthony Kronman, and Ian Macneil, as well as the impact of Lon Fuller and William Perdue’s influential 1936 article.
Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.