Promises, Morals, and Law

Promises, Morals, and Law

Promises, Morals, and Law

Promises, Morals, and Law

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This is not the work on Modern Contract Theory which I fore- shadowed in The Rise and Fall of Freedom of Contract. But it is a by-product of my continuing work on the theory of contractual and promissory obligation.

The present book is addressed to philosophers, and especially to moral and linguistic philosophers interested in the topic of promising, on the one hand, and to lawyers with a taste for theory, on the other. This explains why the work contains a number of elementary explanations of some basic legal and philosophical issues. I hope that readers of both disciplines will nevertheless find sufficient to interest them in this attempt to bring legal and moral theory into one intellectual discussion.

I am deeply indebted to a number of colleagues and friends for reading the first draft of the book and offering me much valuable criticism; in particular I am glad to express my thanks to John Dwyer, Joseph Raz, Gordon Baker, Robert Summers, Colin Grant, Neil MacCormick, and Richard Bronaugh.

St. John's College, P. S. A.

Oxford . . .

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