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Philosophy of Private Law

William Lucy


On what basis does tort law hold us responsible to those who suffer as a result of our carelessness? Why, when we breach our contracts, should we make good the losses of those with whom we contracted? In what sense are our torts and our breaches of contract ‘wrongs’? These two branches of private law have for centuries provided philosophers and jurists with grounds for puzzlement. This book provides an outline of, and intervention in, contemporary jurisprudential debates about the nature and foundation of liability in private law. After outlining the realm of the philosophy of private law, the ... More

Keywords: tort law, carelessness, liability in private law, liability responsibility, conduct, causation, wrongfulness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780198700685
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198700685.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Lucy, author
Professor of Law, Manchester University