A Theory of Contract Law

A Theory of Contract Law : Empirical Insights and Moral Psychology

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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 Understandings and Moral Psychology, Professor Peter A. Alces confronts the leading interpretive theories of contract and demonstrates their interpretive doctrinal failures. Professor Alces presents the leading canonical cases that inform the extant theories of Contract law in both their historical and transactional contexts and, argues that moral psychology provides a better explanation for the contract doctrine than do alternative comprehensive interpretive approaches.
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  • Hardback | 348 pages
  • 160.02 x 238.76 x 25.4mm | 635.03g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0195371607
  • 9780195371604
  • 1,158,628

About Peter A. Alces

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 & Austin, before entering teaching in 1983. Prior to joining the William and Mary faculty, Professor Alces taught at the University of Alabama School of Law. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas, Washington and Lee University, and
University of Illinois law schools, and during the 1987-88 and 2008-09 academic years he visited at the Washington University School of Law.
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