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Causation in the Law$
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H. L. A. Hart and Tony Honoré

Print publication date: 1985

Print ISBN-13: 9780198254744

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198254744.001.0001

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The Law of Tort: Causing Harm

The Law of Tort: Causing Harm

(p.133) VI The Law of Tort: Causing Harm
Causation in the Law

H. L. A. Hart

Oxford University Press

This chapter inquires how far in the law of tort are the decisions of the courts have been controlled by the principle that this connection is negatived if the factors required when causal connection between a wrongful act and harm is a responsible element, in addition to the wrongful act, for the production of the harm include a voluntary human action or an abnormal occurrence. It concludes that this principle has been applied over a very wide area of the law of tort, sufficient perhaps to enable one to speak of a traditional doctrine.

Keywords:   tort law, causal connection, harm, voluntary human action, wrongful act

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