Philosophy of Tort Law
THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF JURISPRUDENCE AND LEGAL PHILOSOPHY, Jules Coleman, Scott Shapiro, eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001
31 Pages Posted: 21 May 2010
Date Written: 2001
Tort law answers two of the most fundamental questions faced by any society: "how should people treat each other" and "whose problem is it when things go wrong". Tort law is striking because it supposes that the question of how people treat each other and the question of whose problem it is when things go wrong are at bottom the same question. If plaintiff is to recover from defendant, defendant must have breached a norm of conduct that governs the ways in which he may treat her. My aim in this chapter is to explain the way tort law brings the two questions together.
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