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A Theory of Contract Law: Empirical Insights and Moral Psychology

Peter A. Alces


Scholars have offered positive, normative, and interpretive theories of contract. These theories have necessarily proceeded from deontic and consequentialist premises. This book argues that there can be no unified and comprehensive interpretive theory of contract, and it is not even possible to stack the extant theories to make much theoretical sense of the law. The book asserts that theoretical constructions have generally proceeded from theory and tapped doctrine as appropriate to establish their premises, but have not been sufficiently considerate of doctrine. A more careful and candid appr ... More

Keywords: contract theory, contract doctrine, deontic, consequentialist, normative, cases, canon, moral psychology, empirical morality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195371604
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195371604.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter A. Alces, author
The College of William and Mary
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