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From Personal Life to Private Law

John Gardner


The book examines some of the philosophical foundations of private law, particularly the law of torts and the law of contract, arguing that the law’s problems and solutions are often much the same as those that we encounter in our personal lives, and have much the same rationales. Arguing against the idea that private law operates as an autonomous moral domain, and simultaneously against the idea that it is a tool of welfarist social policy, the book emphasizes the affinity between ideas of duty, responsibility, and reparation in private life and those same ideas in the law. In particular, the ... More

Keywords: private law, law of obligations, moral domain, private life, public policy, reparation, responsibility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198818755
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198818755.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Gardner, author
University of Oxford