Sunday, March 19, 2017

Contract Theory & Promises: Recommended Reading (updated)

This list goes a bit beyond “promises and contract theory,” strictly speaking, but where that occurs, the material is thought to have some bearing on the subject. Please let me know of any conspicuous omissions, as I’m relying on this material to revise an introductory essay on promises and contract theory.*

  • Atiyah, Patrick S. “Contracts, Promises and the Law of Obligations,” 94 Law Quarterly Review 193 (1978), reprinted in Linzer (below): 78-91.
  • Atiyah, P.S. Promises, Morals, and Law. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, revised ed., 1983. 
  • Atiyah, P.S. Essays on Contract. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.
  • Atiyah, P.S. An Introduction to the Law of Contract. New York: Oxford University Press, 5th ed., 1995.
  • Austin, J.L (J.O. Urmson and Marina Sbisà, eds.) How to Do Things with Words. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2nd ed., 1975.
  • Ayres, Ian. And Gregory Klass. Insincere Promises: The Law of Misrepresented Intent. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2005.
  • Baier, Annette C. Moral Prejudices: Essays on Ethics. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1995.
  • Barnett, Randy E. “A Consent Theory of Contract,” 86 Columbia Law Review 269 (1986).
  • Benson, Peter, ed. The Theory of Contract Law. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  • Bix, Brian H. “Contract Rights and Remedies, and the Divergence between Law and Morality,” Ratio Juris, Vo. 21, No. 2, June 2008: 194-211.
  • Bix, Brian H. “Law and Economic Explanations in Contract Law,” in Mark D. White, ed. Theoretical Foundations of Law and Economics. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009: 203-213. 
  • Bix, Brian H. “Contracts,” in Franklin G. Miller and Alan Wertheimer, eds. The Ethics of Consent: Theory and Practice. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Bix, Brian H. Contract Law: Rules, Theories, and Context. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Bix, Brian H. Review of Klass, Letsas & Saprai (eds.) Philosophical Foundations of Contract Law, The Cambridge Law Journal, Vol. 74, 3 (November 2015): 619-621.
  • Bix, Brian H. “The Promise and Problems of Universal, General Theories of Contract Law,”(no date)
  • Calamari, John D. and Joseph M. Perillo. The Law of Contracts. St. Paul, MN: West Group, 4th ed., 1998.
  • Collins, Hugh. Regulating Contracts. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Craswell, Richard. “Two Economic Theories of Enforcing Promises,” in Benson (above): 19-44.
  • Cunningham, Lawrence A. Contracts in the Real World: Stories of Popular Contracts and Why They Matter. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Eisenberg, Melvin A. “The Theory of Contracts,” in Benson (above): 206-64.
  • Ellickson, Robert C. Order without Law: How Neighbors Settle Disputes. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991.
  • Foot, Philippa. Moral Dilemmas. Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press, 2002.
  • Fried, Charles. Contract as Promise. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1981.
  • Fuller, Lon L. The Morality of Law. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, revised ed., 1969.
  • Gilbert, Margaret. “Is an Agreement an Exchange of Promises?,” Journal of Philosophy 60 (12) (1993): 627-649.
  • Gordley, James. Foundations of Private Law: Property, Tort, Contract, Unjust Enrichment. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Hardin, Russell. Liberalism, Constitutionalism and Democracy. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Hardin, Russell. Trust and Trustworthiness. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2002.
  • Hardin, Russell. David Hume: Moral and Political Theorist. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Hume, David. A Treatise of Human Nature. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2nd ed., 1978.
  • Kraus, Jody S. “Philosophy of Contract Law,” in Jules Coleman and Scott Shapiro, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002: 687-751.
  • Kreitner, Roy. Calculating Promises: The Emergence of Modern American Contract Doctrine. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2007.
  • Linzer, Peter, ed. A Contracts Anthology. Cincinnati, OH: Anderson Publ., 2nd ed., 1995.
  • Markovits, Daniel, “Theories of the Common Law of Contracts,” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2015 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.)
  • McMahon, Christopher. Collective Rationality and Collective Reasoning. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2001. 
  • Pratt, Michael. “Contract: Not Promise,” Florida State University Law Review, Vol. 35 (2008): 801-816.
  • Posner, Eric A. Law and Social Norms. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000.
  • Rawls, John. A Theory of Justice. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971.
  • Raz, Joseph. The Morality of Freedom. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.
  • Raz, Joseph. Practical Reason and Norms. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999 ed.
  • Scanlon, T.M. “Promises and Contracts,” in Benson (above): 86-117.
  • Searle, John R. Rationality in Action. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2001.
  • Shiffrin, Seana Valentine. “The Divergence of Contract and Promise,” Harvard Law Review, 120 (2007): 708-753. 
  • Shiffrin, Seana Valentine. Promising, Intimate Relationships, and Conventionalism,Philosophical Review, Vol. 117, No. 4, 2008: 481-524. 
  • Shiffrin, Seana Valentine. Could Breach of Contract be Immoral,Michigan Law Review, Vol. 107, No. 8, June 2009: 1551-1568.
  • Shiffrin, Seana Valentine. “Are Contracts Promises?,” in Andrei Marmor, ed. Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Law. New York: Routledge, 2012.
  • Slawson, W. David. Binding Promises: The Late 20th Century Reformation of Contract Law. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1996.
  • Smith, Stephen A. Contract Theory. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Wood, Allen W. Kant’s Ethical Thought. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
  • Zaibert, Leo. “Intentions, Promises, and Obligations,” in Barry Smith, ed., John Searle. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
* Brian Bix graciously recommended a couple of articles, as did Steve Shiffrin. 
Update: This compilation is now available for preview and/or download on my Academia page

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