© 1997

The Richness of Contract Law

An Analysis and Critique of Contemporary Theories of Contract Law


Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 28)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Robert A. Hillman
    Pages 1-6
  3. Robert A. Hillman
    Pages 125-171
  4. Robert A. Hillman
    Pages 241-266
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 275-281

About this book


Scholars have produced a wide variety of theoretical work on contract law. This is the first book to compile it, to present it coherently, to evaluate it, and to supply numerous references to additional sources. The author also offers his own practical perspective that emphasizes contract law's richness and complexity and questions the utility of abstract unitary theories. The author argues that, notwithstanding contract law's complexity, it successfully facilitates the formation and enforcement of private arrangements and ensures a degree of fairness in the process of exchange. Each chapter presents a pair of largely contrasting theories to clarify the central issue of contract law and theory, to set forth the range of views, and to help identify a practical middle ground. Among the contract theories discussed and analyzed are promise, contextual, feminist, formal, mainstream, critical, economic, empirical, and relational. The book should interest legal theorists, practising lawyers, law students, and general readers who want to learn more about contract law and theory.


Enforcement contract contract law contract theory law legal studies

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Cornell Law SchoolNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Richness of Contract Law
  • Book Subtitle An Analysis and Critique of Contemporary Theories of Contract Law
  • Authors R.A. Hillman
  • Series Title Law and Philosophy Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-4336-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-7923-5063-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-5680-6
  • Series ISSN 1572-4395
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 279
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Theories of Law, Philosophy of Law, Legal History
    Commercial Law
    Philosophy of Law
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