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Contract as Promise: A Theory of Contractual Obligation

Charles Fried


This book is a study of the foundations and structure of contract law. It has both a theoretical purpose and a pedagogic purpose. It moves from trust to promise to the nuts and bolts of contract law. The book shows that contract law has an underlying unifying moral and practical structure. There may be more legal detail in this book than the theorist requires (as in the discussions of offer and acceptance and conditions), and more theory than is necessary for the law student (as in the early discussion of the morality of promising). However, the overall two purposes support each other in an ef ... More

Keywords: contract law, theoretical purpose, pedagogic purpose, contract as promise, consideration, offer and acceptance, good faith, duress, unconscionability, law and economics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190240158
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190240158.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Fried, author
Harvard Law School, Beneficial Professor of Law