A Theory of Contract Law: Empirical Insights and Moral Psychology

Hardcover | April 21, 2011

byPeter A. Alces

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In the past few decades, scholars have offered positive, normative, and most recently, interpretive theories of contract law. These theories have proceeded primarily (indeed, necessarily) from deontological and consequentialist premises. In A Theory of Contract Law: Empirical Insights andMoral Psychology, Professor Peter A. Alces confronts the leading interpretive theories of contract and demonstrates their doctrinal failures. Professor Alces presents the leading canonical cases that inform the extant theories of Contract law in both their historical and transactional contexts andargues that moral psychology provides a better explanation for the contract doctrine than do alternative comprehensive interpretive approaches.

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In the past few decades, scholars have offered positive, normative, and most recently, interpretive theories of contract law. These theories have proceeded primarily (indeed, necessarily) from deontological and consequentialist premises. In A Theory of Contract Law: Empirical Insights andMoral Psychology, Professor Peter A. Alces conf...

Peter A. Alces is the Rita Anne Rollins Professor of Law at The College of William and Mary, where he has taught since 1990. He practiced with the commercial group of the Chicago office of Sidley and Austin, before entering teaching in 1983. Prior to joining the William and Mary faculty, Professor Alces taught at the University of Alab...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:348 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 1.1 inPublished:April 21, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Failure of Normative Contract Theory2. Constituents of Canonical Status3. Contract Formation Doctrine4. Theory of Contract Formation5. Contract Performance Doctrine6. Theory of Contract Performance7. Contract Enforcement Doctrine8. Theory of Contract Enforcement9. Toward an Empirical Morality