Journals Higher Education



Published: 15 May 2015

224 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190240165

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Contract as Promise

A Theory of Contractual Obligation

Second Edition

Charles Fried

  • Comprehensive study of the philosophical foundations of contract law
  • Effectively answers some of the common assumptions about contract law
  • Proposes a moral basis for contract law while defending the classical theory of contract
  • Applies a "theoretical purpose" to demonstrate how contract law can be traced to and is determined by a small number of basic moral principles
  • Applies a "pedagogic purpose" to provide for students the underlying structure of contract law
  • Provides a clear, simple exposition of complex subject matter using simple focused examples

New to this Edition:

  • Includes a Preface to the Second Edition
  • Provides a substantial essay entitled: "Contract as Promise in the Light of Subsequent Scholarship--Especially Law and Economics" which looks back on the work of the past thirty years, and responds to subsequent work in the field
  • Retains the pagination of the first edition, allowing for references to be easily followed

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