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Reputation and Defamation

Lawrence McNamara


The first study of what reputation is, how it functions, and how it is and should be protected under the law, Reputation and Defamation addresses the inconsistencies and failures of the common law that have been observed for over a century. It develops a theory of reputation and uses it to analyse, evaluate and propose a revision of the law. Using the concept of reputation as the vehicle for a study of the history and theory of libel, slander and honour it becomes apparent that, contrary to the legal orthodoxy, defamation law did not aim and function to protect reputation until the early 19th ... More

Keywords: reputation, defamation, libel, slander, honour, ridicule, legal history, right-thinking person, moralism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199231454
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231454.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence McNamara, author
Reader, School of Law, University of Reading