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Philosophy and the Law of Torts

Philosophy and the Law of Torts by Gerald J. Postema
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When accidents occur and people suffer injuries, who ought to bear the loss? Tort law offers a complex set of rules to answer this question, but up to now philosophers have offered little by way of analysis of these rules. In eight essays commissioned for this volume, leading legal theorists examine the philosophical foundations of tort law. Amongst the questions they address are the following: how are the notions at the core of tort practice (such as responsibility, fault, negligence, due care, and duty to repair) to be understood? Is an explanation based on a conception of justice feasible? How are concerns of distributive and corrective justice related? What amounts to an adequate explanation of tort law? This collection will be of interest to professionals and advanced students working in philosophy of law, social theory, political theory, and law, as well as anyone seeking a better understanding of tort law.
Cambridge University Press; November 2001
348 pages; ISBN 9780511059711
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Title: Philosophy and the Law of Torts
Author: Gerald J. Postema
 
ISBNs
051105971X
9780511059711
9780521622820