Confused Culpability, Contrived Causation, and the Collapse of Tort Theory

Philosophical Foundations of the Law of Torts (2014)

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 13-114

32 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2013

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Larry Alexander

University of San Diego School of Law

Kimberly Kessler Ferzan

University of Virginia, School of Law

Date Written: April 2013

Abstract

What justifies tort law? Once we identify a domain that is central to if not co-extensive with “torts,” we will find that it consists of a motley collection of doctrines that are impossible to justify under any recognizable and attractive normative principles.

Keywords: tort, causation, counterfactual dependence, negligence, strict liability

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Alexander, Lawrence and Ferzan, Kimberly Kessler, Confused Culpability, Contrived Causation, and the Collapse of Tort Theory (April 2013). Philosophical Foundations of the Law of Torts (2014); San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 13-114. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2240027

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Kimberly Kessler Ferzan

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