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Philosophy of Private Law$
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William Lucy

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198700685

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198700685.001.0001

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(p.419) 11 Conclusion
Philosophy of Private Law


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This chapter highlights some of the themes and loose ends that have emerged in both Parts I and II of this book and tries, where possible, either to trim or tie up the latter. The main burden of the analysis of the components of legal liability-responsibility in Part I was to show which components are in play in private law and to make sense of them. The primary task was to attempt to make those components intelligible. Part II tackled three broadly different accounts of the normative basis of private law. These accounts in principle function so as to provide a normative basis for both the core substantive and structural concepts of private law. Thus, components of liability-responsibility as well as doctrines like, for example, duress in contract, might ostensibly depend upon a normative foundation.

Keywords:   private law, legal-liability responsibility, normative foundations, corrective justice, distributive justice, philosophy

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